Steffon Armitage of Toulon charges upfield during the Heineken Cup quarter final match against  Leinster at the Felix Mayol Stadium. Armitage’s sheer size caused Leinster all sorts of problems at the breakdown. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Last Saturday I found myself in London Wasps’ training ground with Rosie Foley and 11 tag rugby players drawn from Limerick’s Southside Clasp ((...)

 Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth kicks clear during their Heineken Cup quarter-final at the  Stade FŽlix Mayol, Toulon.  “They put a lot of pressure on our set-piece. We didn’t really get front-foot ball. Photograph: Inpho

In stark contrast to his valedictory farewell to international rugby, this was not how Brian O’Driscoll would have envisaged ending his associa(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll goes over for the game’s only try against Munster in the RaboDirect Pro 12 clash at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 22 Munster 18: The story? Brian O’Driscoll of course. When has it not be(...)

Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross:  “It’s very fine margins get you selected at this level.”  Photograph: Inpho

Slamming into the provincial ceiling they may be but Munster are growing loosehead props again. James Cronin started in Perpignan last December(...)

Ireland prop Mike Ross carries fellow frontrower Cian Healy during training at Carton House.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tighthead prop Mike Ross believes Ireland can upset the French scrum in the Six Nations title decider in Saint Denis on Saturday. Ross(...)

Leinster’s Darragh Fanning tries to escape the clutches of Rob Harley of Glasgow: Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 28 Glasgow Warriors 25 Leinster went top of the Pro 12 leag(...)

Jonathan Sexton is tackled by England’s Owen Farrell. The Ireland outhalf has had better days with his decision making and kicking.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a suitably grey and grim Sunday morning in London, but as Gordon D’Arcy forecast the sun would shine again and it duly did so – brilliantly,(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell warms up for training this afternoon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has named the starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations showdown with England, with the only changes coming on the replacements b(...)

Mike Ross: “We were all pretty embarrassed after that. I mean probably a personal low.”

The first mild profanity from Mike Ross arrives in a wheeze of expelled air. “Jesus, you wouldn’t want to t(...)

Ireland’s Cian Healy celebrates as Chris Henry scores a try against Wales in the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 26 Wales 3It was victory was based on the earthier qualities, a homily to a simple game-plan based on territory, a good kick-chase, a dynamic(...)

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