Ireland expects: Joe Schmidt expects Australia to pose a stiff “reality chick”. Photograph: Billy Stickland

It feels like we’ve spent a long time up the rude creek without a paddle, wading through the chaos, listening to the red-faced fellas in suits blaming(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan O’Gara share a laugh on Ireland duty in 2011. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Less than 24 hours before kick-off in the decisive third test against Australia, Warren Gatland’s decision to drop Brian O’Driscoll from the British &(...)

 British and Irish Lions’ Brian O’Driscoll makes his way down the tunnel after the First Test.  Lions head coach Warren Gatland has sprung one of the great surprises in the tourists’ history by dropping  O’Driscoll for the  series decider against Australia.

It won’t have been uppermost on his list of considerations, but Warren Gatland did us all a favour when he dropped Brian O’Driscoll for the final Test(...)

Will Genia of the Reds, likely Wallaby scrumhalf against the Lions. Photograph: Getty Images

I doubt the Lions have ever toured a country where the hosts needed their visit more. Like a winemaker who has neglected his vines and f(...)