Conor Murray is confident going into his second World Cup. “We are in a very good place and I don’t think we should be shying away from that,” he says. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This time four years ago it’s still remarkable to think that Conor Murray went into Ireland’s World Cup preparatory programme as fifth choice scrumhal(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony, Isaac Boss, Chris Henry, Rob Kearney and Eoin Reddan during a reception for the team at Farmleigh House, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The shadows cast are often bigger than the objects they represent and so it was in the glory days. Peter Stringer and hoary old images of the s(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip look on at the British & Irish Lions Training, Dolphins RFC, Noosa, Queensland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The overwhelming consensus in the Twitter-sphere is that Lions coach Warren Gatland has erred in dropping Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll for Saturday’s th(...)