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(...)

Rob Andrew’s drop goal gave England victory over Australia with the last kick of the 1995 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Getty

Australia against England is one of sport’s finest and most intriguing rivalries, whether the two nations are competing for a 15cm-tall urn or on a ru(...)

Serge Blanco dives to score a magical try and give France a 30-24 win over Australia in the 1987 Rugby World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Getty

With Australia and New Zealand through to the semi-finals of the inaugural World Cup, where they would play France and Wales respectively, it seeme(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be seeking to fine-tune Ireland’s game plan in the weeks ahead. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Prior to the World Cup four years ago, Ireland would have traded four warm-up defeats for four wins in the pool stages, and that is exactly what trans(...)

Leinster interim head coach Leo Cullen at an open training session at Edenderry RFC yesterday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen has a sensible face. Elderly, almost. It’s always been like that. The prospective Leinster head coach is just one of those chaps of whom(...)

 Tom Grace is the new Chairman of the Lions Board. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The British & Irish Lions today announced the appointment of Tom Grace as the new chairman of the Lions Board. He succeeds Gerald Davies who had o(...)

Pat Lam had only just settled into life in Galway when he bumped into a few Samoans around town. He hadn’t expected to find any compatriots other than(...)

Former Australian great Michael Lynagh believes Paul O’Connell should captain the Lions this summer. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Australia great Michael Lynagh views Ireland’s Paul O’Connell as the best man to lead the British and Irish Lions this summer, but predicts tha(...)