Alun Wyn Jones will captain the Lions for the tour to South Africa. Photograph: 
Dan Sheridan/Inpho

  Backs   Stuart Hogg (Scotland) Position: Fullback Age: 28 Club: Exeter Caps: 85 Lions Tests: 0 Form guide: Scotland captain (...)

It is nearly decision time for Warren Gatland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Gerry Thornley The parameters are different from four years ago. Back then, in those wild, crazy, pre-pandemic days, Warren Gatland was permitted to (...)

Ulster’s Alan O’Connor is tackled by Jack Kenningham of Harlequins during the European  Challenge Cup round of 16 game at  Twickenham Stoop. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Alan O’Connor’s value to Ulster is calculable, measured not only in the consistent excellence of performance but also in leadership that inspires thos(...)

Richard Harris in This Sporting Life (1963)

Casting Richard Harris as Frank Machin, the bitter, brutish, lovelorn malcontent in the 1963 film This Sporting Life not alone recognised his burgeoni(...)

Leicester coach Steve Borthwick could be part of Steve Borthwick’s Lions coaching ticket this summer. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Steve Borthwick is firmly on Warren Gatland’s radar to potentially work with him for the British and Irish Lions this summer. The former England forw(...)

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has seen his team struggle since taking over the job. Photo: Robbie Stephenson/Inpho

When will Welsh rugby get the message when it comes to the English rugby clubs? Well they still desperately want to be invited to join the English P(...)

Ryanair flew into the pandemic with a relatively strong balance sheet. Photograph: Eric Luke

How do you weigh up the annus covidius horribilis of 2020 in words that don’t have to be asterisked? It was a year when a virus inflicted a brutal en(...)

 Leinster’s Ryan Baird during the Champions Cup round two match against Northampton Saints: the standout memory will be the performance of the galloping all-action   Baird. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster 35 Northampton 19 Halfway through the group stages and it’s not putting the cart before the horse to suggest that Leinster can realistically(...)

 A memorial for NFL legend Junior Seau in San Diego, California. File photograph: Getty Images

Cautionary tale Junior Seau was the epitome of an NFL linebacker. A 12-time Pro Bowler for the Chargers, the Dolphins and the Patriots, Seau is the c(...)

Bill Ribbans says the second Lions Test in South Africa in 2009 was the most brutal match he had ever seen. Photograph: Inpho

“It’s incredible that sports medicine has only been recognised the last 15 years,” Bill Ribbans says as he reflects on his four decades of work as an (...)

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