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

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Peter Smyth tucks into a ‘thoroughly satisfying meal’. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s a tough game, this vegetarianism, but after 25 years of engagement, I’m hunkered down for the long haul.How did I get here? In the first place it(...)

The French have come to Ireland to learn how to make savings while also improving the reliability of their fleet, including their TGV trains that reach speeds of 320km/h. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

They may have some of the fastest trains in the world but the French have come to Ireland to learn how to make savings while also improving the reliab(...)

St Michael’s captain Ross Molony in action against Newbridge College in the semi-final and below, Ross Byrne. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Let’s dispel a myth that has grown up around this rivalry for the old boys blowing back in for the final. St Michael’s College are not the also(...)

Blackrock centre Gary Ringrose makes his break to score a try in the first half at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The passing of the mantle will have to wait. Blackrock College remain the dominate rugby school in Leinster. Perhaps even the world. Jus(...)