Ireland internationals Ian Madigan and Simon Zebo could be lining up options to play abroad next season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Reflection, anew. Maybe it’s not as bad as it seems. Maybe the injuries in the four provincial squads just need time to heal. Maybe the suggestion t(...)

Victor Costello of Leinster breaks the Milan defence during their European Cup game in  1996. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster are re-assembling their squad from the inaugural European Cup in 1995-96 for Saturday week’s return meeting with Toulon at the Aviva Stadium.(...)

The All Blacks doing their lateral passing drill at half-time in the World Cup final. Instead of a cerebral chat in the dressing room they practised this key skill at speed.

At half -time in the RWC Final New Zealand came out early. The score stood in their favour 16-3. Why did they come out early in the biggest game on(...)

Ian Keatley winning his 100th Munster cap against the Dragons last week . Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Fittingly, Ian Keatley looks out on an empty Thomond Park from a corporate box with the number ‘10’ on its door. Four days away from today’s semi-fina(...)

Ronnie Delany of Ireland wins the 1500m at the Melbourne Olympic Games of 1956, three years previous he won the Irish schools 800m. Photograph: IOC/Allsport.

So less than a year now before that big 1916 anniversary special, and we still don’t know exactly how to celebrate it. How does one begin to recognise(...)

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(...)

“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(...)

Brian O’Driscoll speaks to  Craig Doyle before the Harlequins and Castres Champions Cup match on Friday night. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll was arrested for assault in June 2008. The former Ireland captain writes in his autobiography, The Test - which was serialised in The(...)

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(...)

Brian O’Driscoll walks off with his teammates after beating Toulouse away from home in the 2006 Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With Toulon currently the Everest of European rugby, Leinster’s evolution in France sees them attempt to scale the highest peak tomorrow. It’s also(...)