Brian O’Driscoll “I knew I was small and knew I had to wait for a bit of size to come. It came over the course of that summer. I must have grown four or five inches.”

The rugby is over now. They can be found in Dublin offices like Davy Stockbrokers, KPMG or away in Chicago, London and Vancouver. All pushing 40, many(...)

Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne in full flight against Leicester Tigers: came through the Munster academy from the 2011-2012 season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster’s recent Champions Cup victory over Bath at the RDS offered a glowing testimonial to the province’s academy, given the handsome contribution (...)

UCD’s Barry Daly scores his team’s second try  of the game against Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Division 1A leaders UCD had the measure of local rivals Old Belvedere for the third time in recent weeks, as a three-try salvo steered the students to(...)

 Denis Lynch was one of the Irish riders who dominated the Puissance competition in Liverpool. Photograph: Inpho

Irish riders totally dominated the Puissance competition in the City Centre Echo Arena, Liverpool on Friday night with Peter Smyth winning the 11-runn(...)

Robert Duke scored one of Terenure College’s  tries in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A win away to Cork Constitution at Temple Hill. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1A round-up: With Clontarf slipping up at St Mary’s on Friday night, Terenure College closed in on a home semi-final with (...)

“Two hours each morning, two hours each evening, ‘three on, one off, double splits’. The gym was the one place I had control. I didn’t have to spea(...)

Clontarf’s Matt Darcy runs in a try at the Belfield Bowl. The player could play an important role for the Ireland Club international team in the coming weeks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Clontarf 38 UCD 17 Matt D’Arcy heated up a bitterly cold Belfield Bowl with a terrific hat-trick of tries as Clontarf claimed a 38-17 bonus point win(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley is tackled by Steven Shingler and Johan Snyman of Scarlets at the Sportsground. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

In the Sportsground last Saturday night, Denis Buckley hadn’t even broken sweat by the time he found himself standing with the other Connacht playe(...)

Leo Cullen’s calmness under pressure meant he usually made the right calls in a game, especially at the lineout. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Smyth, a team-mate of Leo Cullen’s from their under-10 days at Willow Park through their years together on the Blackrock Dream Team and then Lei(...)

Blackrock College captain Nick Timoney lifts the Leinster Schools Senior Cup. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Blackrock College 22 Clongowes Wood College 17 Many moons from now (...)