A teenage Gordon D’Arcy at Ireland squad training in 1998. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Inpho

First sight of Gordon D’Arcy was on his knees in the background. The snapshot from March 1995 is of Geordan Murphy, his predecessor in the art of evas(...)

Gordon D’Arcy’s announcement does not rule out the possibility of  a World Cup farewell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been one of the stellar Irish rugby careers, for sure, and when the end of October comes and Gordon D’Arcy heads into the sunset he can do so (...)

Connacht’s Aly Muldowney tries to evade  Adam Ashe of Glasgow Warriors at the Showgrounds.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 13 Glasgow 31 Pat Lam promises his under-pressure Connacht will finish the Guinness Pro 12 season with their pride intact as they seek(...)

Connacht centre Bundee Aki is tackled by Glasgow’s  Finn Russell and Peter Horne during the Guinness Pro 12 game  at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 13 Glasgow Warriors 31Connacht’s hopes of claiming a top six position in the Guinness Pro 12 suffered a blow at the Sportsground on Saturday (...)

Paul O’Connell captained Ireland to  Six Nations Championshps success. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will compete with Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw and Jonathan Sexton for the accolade of the the Hibernia College IRUPA (...)

Centre Bundee Aki returns to the Connacht side for the game against Ulster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have been true to their aim of making the Sportsground a fortress this season, and on their return home for the first time in six weeks rare(...)

Jared Payne will line up against international centre partner Robbie Henshaw in Ulster’s game against Connacht at The Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho

Bundee Aki returns for Connacht for their Pro 12 clash against Ulster on Saturday while Neil Doak welcomes back Ireland Six Nations winning trio Rory (...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Gloucester’s James Hook during their European Rugby Challenge Cup match at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester, England. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Gloucester 14 Connacht 7 Connacht paid the price for a poor first half when the English favourites Gloucester sealed the first semi-final berth(...)

Mils Muliaina’s Connacht salary could have covered the cost of an astonishing 60 academy players. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho

This needs to be the night Mils Muliaina rolls back the years. It could easily be the night his buckled wheels roll into the category of yet another (...)

Bath’s Sam Burgess: his tackle technique is a cross between Trevor Brennan and a dumper truck. Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Hollywood actor and co-owner of South Sydney Rabbitohs Russell Crowe defines him as the ‘sparkly eyed man’ where ‘those sparkly eyed men carve their (...)