John McCall (8th from R)  lines up for the national anthems before the IRB U-19 World Championship match between New Zealand and Ireland played at the ABSA Stadium March 27th, 2004 in Durban, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

*This article is part of an Irish Times Schools Rugby Supplement that will accompany the main paper on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014. Ten years ago, (...)

Former Derry player Joe Brolly, now a GAA pundit. “A lot of our boys play rugby as well, the thing is there’s no barriers when you play a sport at a young age. My own son plays rugby for Malone, there’s no issues and it’s very normal for him.” Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

To the southern mind it probably seems prehistoric and idiotic and that’s because it is. If a young child, devoid of bitterness and historical baggage(...)

Jonathan Drennan playing rugby for Hanwell RFC earlier this year. Photograph: Stephen Brooks / Stephen Brooks Photography

My name is Jonathan Drennan, I’m 27 and a few months ago, I came out of a reinforced mental closet that I’d been crouched in for quite a while. I made(...)

Ireland’s James McGee staying focused on Wimbledon.

Three days before the serious business of qualifying for Wimbledon for the first time in his career, Irish tennis number one James McGee is enjoying t(...)