Brian O’Driscoll in action for Ireland in the 2000 Six Nations tournament, the year of his famous hat-trick of tries against France at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

In the early years of the Celtic league, on one of those magical Friday nights at Donnybrook, Leinster played Pontypridd and Brian O’Driscoll was a(...)

Richie McCaw talks to his All Blacks team during the epic match against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. At the press conference after the match McCaw talked of the belief that flows through the team, even under the most intense pressure. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images)

I’m still heartbroken – but it’s worse for Justin Brownen who, while flying to the Middle East, watched online at 30,000ft. However the wifi cut out o(...)

Dylan Hartley, along with Ben Foden, Billy Twelvetrees, Chris Ashton, David Wilson and Lee Dickson, will be  desperate to improve their chances of starting against the All Blacks. Photograph: Getty Images

ROBERT KITSONAmid all last week’s sepia-tinted celebrations of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup victory it was Martin Johnson, their erstwhile captain, (...)

Brian O’Driscoll: “Maybe it’s because he carries on as if he is one of us. He likes fun. He likes the sun. He likes a drink. He likes being perched in the public bar, singing, having a good time with his mates. He appears not to take himself too seriously.”

Northern Hemisphere rugby players, who believe they’re of rock star status, should never convince themselves they have any presence on the other side (...)

 Brian O’Driscoll (L) touches teammate Leigh Halfpenny, after he failed to kick a penalty at the end of the second test match in Melbourne. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Former Ireland captain Keith Wood believes Warren Gatland has “made a terrible mistake” by leaving Brian O’Driscoll out of the British and Irish Lions(...)

Wigan’s Republic of Ireland star James McCarthy.

When Wigan Athletic reached their first FA Cup final last month the Masters was taking place in America, and for a short time the local papers (...)

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