Gordon D’Arcy: “You stay at the table long enough and eventually you don’t get picked. That’s happened to me now. I’m very sanguine and relaxed about it all.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It ended where it began. The 35-year-old former rugby professional lingered in the doorway of Bective Rangers clubhouse, decked out in new Leinster(...)

Leinster’s Kevin McLaughlin: “Every opportunity I get now to play I’m going to be unbelievably hungry.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Kevin McLaughlin will have relished every thumping collision, each one an affirmation that a second shoulder reconstruction surgery process and the t(...)

A fresh faced Brian O’Driscoll scores his first try for Ireland against the USA in their opening game of the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

The great Brian O’Driscoll returned 46 international tries for Ireland in a stunning career lasting more than 15 years and 133 caps. But before record(...)

Simon Easterby: “Why can’t this be the period when Ireland win back-to-back championships.” Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Come the full-time whistle today and Simon Easterby could have a highly-distinguished place in the history of Irish rugby. He played a part in the pre(...)

They are grand times indeed when Ireland can beat France by seven points, extend a winning streak to nine games and still not everybody is entirely(...)

Jared Payne taking part in the Irish squad’s training session at Carton House, Co. Kildare. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho 5:07

This is going to seem strangely unfamiliar alright. For the first time in a home Test since Ireland beat Italy at Lansdowne Road in April 1999, neithe(...)

Peter Stringer of Bath dives over for a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

John O’SullivanThere’s no doubting the performance of the day in the Aviva English Premiership belonged to Bath as they thumped the Leicester Tigers b(...)

 Gordon D’Arcy: “Performing well just isn’t good enough for us. If it was, I wouldn’t be here.”

It’s not just sport, you either have it or you don’t. Gordon D’Arcy has it. Always has, always will. “I think it was always there, I just never would (...)

Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is tackled by Shane Horgan and Brian O’Driscoll of Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2001. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

“Ireland is a pretty significant place for me having played my first Test here . . . ” – Richie McCaw, New Zealand captainOne hundred and twenty two T(...)