France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

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Sean O’Brien was forced to withdraw from the Ireland team ahead of the 26-3 victory over Italy in Rome after damaging his hamstring during the warm-up and is now a doubt for Saturday’s fixture against France at the Aviva Stadium. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Seán O’Brien’s involvement against France next Saturday remains in doubt after damaging his hamstring while warming up ahead of Ireland’s 26-3 trimmin(...)

“Ireland played great footy and deserved to win (last November), but the kicking was way too much. That’s not how we play. The mindset is a massive difference.”

The Six Nations is the pinnacle of European international rugby. The greats of the game, leapt to the world’s attention through their actions in the c(...)

Steve Tormey, chief executive Toyota Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

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Munster’s Paul’Connell will have his own hands full as his side take on Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

To think that we could have missed out on this. The next two weekends of the traditional back-to-back pre-Christmas games could define European Cha(...)

Outhalf Jonathan Sexton forces his way over the French try line in Saturday’s Six Nations Championship match at Stade de France, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

FRANCE 20 (Tries: Dulin, Szarzewski. Cons: Machenaud 2. Pens: Machenaud 2) (...)

Conor Murray: now a very important cog in the Munster machine. Photograph: inpho

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Munster head coach Rob Penney

No less than the other provinces, the next six weeks constitute the meat of the season. Either side of the forthcoming back-to-back matches in what wi(...)

Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll  eyes up the New Zealand All Black haka before  the ill-fated first Test match in Christchurch in  2005.

New Zealand 21Lions 3at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchJune 25th, 2005Bad and all as losing him within a minute of the kick-off was, the real psychological(...)

 Paul O’Connell. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
O’Connell set to make seasonal bow
  • Rugby
  • September 26, 2013, 13:33

Munster coach Rob Penney has named Paul O’Connell among the replacements for the game against the Newport Gwent Dragons at Musgrave Park on Saturday(...)