Gordon D’Arcy celebrates a try against Munster in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. “It was  as seamless a performance as Leinster have ever produced.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby has changed but Leinster versus Munster has a permanency to it. Even considering all that’s happened in recent seasons, it should still be the g(...)

  Josh Van der Flier in action against England. All three of Ireland’s new caps are capable of having  a bigger impact on the game. Photo:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

I smashed my forearm to smithereens playing Italy in 2008. Three invasive surgeries later and the eight fractures had not healed properly so I was fo(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones: “The destination for us is 2019, where I expect us to be at our best. That’s not to say we can’t win tournaments and Test matches along the way.” Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Eddie Jones and the war of words was well and truly won. The Irish Times’s profile on England’s first foreign head coach had been thoroughly researche(...)

Leinster’s Ben Te’o, Jack McGrath and Johnny Sexton with Eoghan Masterson of Connacht at the Guinness PRO12 in the RDS on Jan 1st, 2016. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As head of rugby operations for Leinster Rugby, Guy Easterby is responsible for ensuring the club’s operations run smoothly off the field. That covers(...)

Whoever wins this year’s Six Nations title, rugby fans in New Zealand won’t be paying too much attention

It’s a sad truth for the Six Nations to absorb but as they get their claws out, ready to gouge and scrap over the next eight weeks, their collective e(...)

“We can’t afford to just throw Josh van der Flier (above), Gary Ringrose, Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey and promising Munster flanker Jack O’Donoghue into the Test match arena.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Talent will never be enough on its own. What characteristics are needed to make it as a professional rugby player? Bravery, naturally, and certain phy(...)

Garrett Fitzgerald on Munster’s dwindling attendances: “The market has changed and I still believe our core support is a good 15,000.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As Munster’s decline has continued apace over the last couple of months, so the attention has focused as much, understandably, on the role of CEO Gar(...)

Ian Madigan: Of the remaining provincially contracted players, he is the player Leinster are most at risk of losing. Photograph: RyanByrne/Inpho

Leinster could do with a win on Saturday for many reasons. While, realistically, it may not sufficiently atone for previous misdeeds and lead to qual(...)

Mark Chisholm, in action here against Ulster’s Rob Herring, says he didn’t think twice when Munster came calling. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mark Chisholm was fully cognisant of the history attached to Munster and the players who came before him. He was a watching member of the Wallabies sq(...)

Jasa Veremalua scores a try for Fiji against England in the final of the Dubai Rugby Sevens on Saturday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images.

It was a weekend of the same game played in different ways and also one that wasn’t played at all. Rugby sevens is the new kid on the block. Although (...)