John McCall (8th from R)  lines up for the national anthems before the IRB U-19 World Championship match between New Zealand and Ireland played at the ABSA Stadium March 27th, 2004 in Durban, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

*This article is part of an Irish Times Schools Rugby Supplement that will accompany the main paper on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014. Ten years ago, (...)

Connacht’s Mata Fifita, Jake Heenan and George Naoupu celebrate their recent victory over Zebre.

Jake Heenan is one of the more intriguing arrivals on the Irish provincial scene. It’s not often a 21-year-old, recent captain of the New Zealand Unde(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Darren Cave and Paddy Jackson of Ulster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A significant win for Ulster, a sobering night for Connacht. The only Irish team without a win thus far emerged as the only Irish winners of the weeke(...)

Mark Anscombe

Paddy Jackson really ought to be cut some more slack. Yet, having been pitched into a Heineken Cup final at 20 and his international debut shortly aft(...)