Rob Penney

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Munster backs’ coach Felix Jones: “I think I’ve learned more about rugby in the last 18 months than I ever did as a player.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At just 30 years of age, Felix Jones is the youngest full-time coach with any of the provincial set-ups. It’s been a rapid rise since his playing car(...)

Cork Constitution’s Niall Kenneally and team-mates celebrate the Division 1A final victory over Clontarf at the Aviva. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Last weekend Cork Constitution retained the Cork Charity Cup – one of four trophies they won in a remarkable 2016-2017 season. They also triumphed in(...)

Girvan Dempsey has been shadowing Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Next man sitting the Joe Schmidt refresher course is Rob Penney. Actually, the former Munster coach is hosting Ireland at his NTT Shining Arcs. The (...)

Muhammad Ali: accidental boxer was ranked the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine. Photograph: Getty Images

The Greatest Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a house painter, the man who would change h(...)

Prop John Ryan, in action against Leicester at Welford Road, won his first cap for Ireland against Canada in November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John Ryan hasn’t exactly been an overnight sensation. But at 28, Ryan is enjoying something of a breakthrough season. Finally establishing himself as (...)

Tipperary  captain Brendan Maher during his time with the Adelaide Strikers in Australia whom he joined for two weeks in an episode of the ‘The Toughest Trade’

If you’re buying just one sports book for yourself or your loved ones this Christmas, it will probably be Paul O’Connell’s autobiography The Battle, w(...)

James Lowe of the Maori All Blacks runs in for a try in their victory over the USA Eagles. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Munster v Maori All Blacks, Thomond Park, Friday, 7.30pm (Live Eir Sport) Munster already find themselves in the midst of an unbelievably draining (...)

Graham Henry: the New Zealander brings a wealth of experience to his coaching activities. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leinster have hired Graham Henry as a coaching consultant. The Irish Times can confirm that the 2011 World Cup -winning New Zealand coach will come t(...)

Keith Earls: ‘It doesn’t feel like European rugby because you are not in it’. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Keith Earls said that the fear of not featuring in next season’s Champions Cup is driving Munster to a big finish to their Pro12 campaign. Munster w(...)

Gordon D’Arcy celebrates a try against Munster in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. “It was  as seamless a performance as Leinster have ever produced.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby has changed but Leinster versus Munster has a permanency to it. Even considering all that’s happened in recent seasons, it should still be the g(...)

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