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Joe Schmidt with Paul O’Connell in 2014. The coach and captain dynamic between the two proved the catalyst for Ireland winning two Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

I have sat quietly in team meetings when Paul O’Connell strongly disagreed with Joe Schmidt. It felt extremely awkward, as neither man gave an inch, b(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton in action against Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens:  he suffered a medial ligament tear in his right knee during his side’s away win. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Johnny Sexton is expected to be fit for Ireland’s opening Six Nations game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 1st. The Leinster outhalf(...)

 Garry Ringrose of Leinster is tackled by Northampton Saints’ Connor Tupai  and Tom Wood during last week’s  Champions Cup Round clash at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Honesty is an important character trait in the fulfilment of potential and the pursuit of excellence, so too diligence in absorbing on-field lessons. (...)

Robin McBryde: “I was ready for a new challenge. I’ve had great times but I needed something fresh as well.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Robin McBryde once held the title of ‘Wales Strongest Man’ (1992) and is currently the Grand Sword Bearer of the Gorsedd of British and Irish bards, t(...)

Simon Harris: “There are still functions whereby audits can be carried out and investigations can take place, and I’m sure that will happen”

Former Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy should pay back some of the expenses he claimed during his time in the Dáil, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said(...)

Chris Boyd was impressed with the quality of Leinster during their Champions Cup loss. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

True wisdom tends to come from independent observation. Chris Boyd has climbed high enough up the rugby food chain in his 61 years to understand what (...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton after the match against Northampton Saints. Leinster are expected to reveal the extent of his injury at their weekly media briefing today. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s time to fret about Johnny Sexton again. On another generally positive weekend for Irish rugby, the Leinster captain extended and twisted his knee(...)

Storm Atiyah making landfall at Cromwell Point lighthouse, Valentia Island, Co Kerry. Photograph: Alan Landers

Two thousand homes are still without power on Monday evening after Storm Atiyah passed over Ireland overnight leaving fallen trees and flights and fer(...)

Eire Og’s Ross Dunphy tackles and Conal Keaney of Ballyboden St Enda’s during the Leinster Senior Football Championship club final at O’Moore Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ballyboden St Enda’s have made things hard for themselves in their two Leinster finals. In 2015 they were nearly dragged into extra-time by Portlaoise(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier  breaks past Dan Biggar during their Heineken Champions Cup victory over  Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Northampton Saints 16 Leinster 43 The difference – besides 27 points – can be sliced into a simple reality. Leinster thrived in the absence of their (...)

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