Putting it on the line: Ireland’s Keith Wood powers over for a  try against England in their 2001 Six Nations match. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It’s the big one, simple as. Ireland against England has a resonance, a sense of history and occasion which surpasses all other Irish fixtures. Be it (...)

Brian O’Driscoll in UCD in 1998. He shifted between outhalf and centre when playing for the college.Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

In 1996 Lee Smith walked onto the UCD campus while out for a stroll, a gentle orientation process in a new environment, and on a whim, enquired(...)

The sponsors, the league itself and television have been denied a grand finale, or final, per se, as Lansdowne go about sealing their first Ul(...)