Bath head coach Mike Ford: impressed by his young side’s determined performance. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Bath coach Mike Ford felt yesterday’s tightly-contested 24-18 win at Wasps, which secured a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup final, will give h(...)

 Peter Stringer has signed a new one-year contract with Bath. Photograph:   Harry Engels/Getty Images

Former Ireland scrumhalf Peter Stringer has signed a new one-year contract at Aviva Premiership club Bath. Stringer, capped 98 times by (...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Mike McCarthy and Mike Ross make one of the home side’s 163 tackles against Samoa last week.  The visitors made 90 tackles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If all you saw from the Ireland-Samoa game last weekend was the tackle count, you’d have had a hard job guessing the scoreline. As Joe Schmidt pointed(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: the 2002 model

Edited extract of Brian O’Driscoll’s column in The Irish Times on November 11th, 2002. Ireland had beaten Australia 18-9 courtesy of six O’Gara penalt(...)