Robin McBryde: “You’ve got to be confident going in against Ireland”

Robin McBryde (Wales 1994-2005, current forwards coach) Who wins the tactical battle? “I don’t think there’s a secret to beating the Irish. Y(...)

Shane Williams dives past Ireland’s Keith Earls to score a Welsh try during the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final in New Zealand. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty.

Shane Williams is talking about endangered species in rugby union. His own kind. The little men. Craig Gilroy gets a mention. All six foot (183cm) and(...)

“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(...)

Ulster’sTommy Bowe: “Everybody told me with your groin you can come back and hurt it and then you’re out for the season. But I knew there was still a huge amount of the current season and obviously it’s now Saracens.” Photograph: Inpho

JOHNNY WATTERSON Tommy Bowe. People love for what he’s not. He’s not fire and ice, a sm(...)

Brian O’Driscoll attempts to evade  Adi Jacob. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

South Africa 28 Lions 25June 27th, 2009, Pretoria A seventh successive test match defeat for the Lions, but there was no shame in this one. They put t(...)

 Lions duo Tom Court and  Justin Tipuric in action against the Melbourne Rebels yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tom Court has his new favourite number now. It’s 806. It’s his Lions number. Having only arrived last Friday on a family holiday in his native Brisban(...)

Rory Best (left) and Tom Court of the British and Irish Lions during the captain’s run at AAMI Park, Melbourne, scene of Saturday’s second Test against Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whatever about the last Tuesday game before the first Test, the last midweek game of the tour ahead of the second Test really is a speed bump. Admitte(...)

 Rob Kearney of the Lions is tackled during the  match against the ACT Brumbies and the British & Irish Lions at Canberra Stadium. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Brumbies 14 Lions 12: Warren Gatland gambled on sacrificing the Lions’ unbeaten record by picking his non-test team and a makeshift backline four day(...)

 Clyde Rathbone of the Brumbies will be up against the Lions’ Shane Williams today.   Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

As unlikely head-to-heads go, it’s fair to say the odds on Clyde Rathbone confronting Shane Williams on the Lions tour a year ago would have been astr(...)

Jonny Sexton of the Lions is surounded by  Waratahs players . Photoraph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

The announcement of the Lions team to play the ACT Brumbies tomorrow in Canberra is not as interesting in itself as the names who aren’t included – th(...)