Aaron Cruden

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France’s   Fijian centre Virimi Vakatawa,  who was almost unplayable,  celebrates scoring  a try for Racing92 against Saracens. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

One of these days we might go a whole 24 hours without mentioning the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Ireland’s quarter-final exit. But not just yet. Here’s(...)

Denis Buckley made 18 tackles during Connacht’s win over Montpellier, while playing the full 80 minutes. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht stay grounded Want to know what Connacht, now deeply ensconced in the Andy Friend era, are all about, then listen to the genial Australian. (...)

Caolin Blade cuts through the Montpellier cover to score a try for Connacht during the Challenge Cup clash at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse are one of the richest entities in world rugby. The one blessing for Connacht’s money-crunchers this week is that the laundry bill will be (...)

Bundee Aki celebrates after Tom McCartney crosses for Connacht against Montpellier. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht 23 Montpellier 20 In the opening seconds of this Champions Cup game, Paul Willemse trundled up to Paul Boyle and hit him with a cheap, casua(...)

Nigel Owens on duty during the Ireland  versus New Zealand game at the Aviva Stadium on November 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/inpho

Time was when Nigel Owens was announced as the referee for any match involving Ireland or one of the four provinces, this was welcomed by the teams an(...)

Steve Hansen looks on during an All Blacks training session in Urayasu - they meet Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Steve Hansen enters the room on the 25th floor of the Royal Park hotel in Shinodome. No warm-up act, none of the usual platitudes, just straight down (...)

Flyhalf Stephen Donald of the All Blacks kicks a penalty in 2011  Rugby World Cup Final  between France and New Zealand in Auckland. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty

Stephen Donald kicked the winning penalty that secured New Zealand an 8-7 victory over France in the 2011 World Cup final on home soil, bringing to an(...)

 Joe Schmidt:  “I think the great days have been the ones where the players have done something a little bit special, and you’ve seen players grow.”

Today really does mark the end of an era. The Joe Schmidt era at the Aviva Stadium. Previous eras have taken in a detour to Croke Park and the increas(...)

Joey Carbery: he  had been earmarked for this World Cup in part because he also covered full-back and at a push the role of third choice scrum-half

Nobody died, but it sure as hell felt like someone had. Everyone being dressed in black maybe added to the funereal atmosphere. The news had broken ea(...)

Ryan Crotty takes an offload from Dane Coles (not pictured) to score the winning try in the closing moments against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

For year upon year we heard Irish players talk of the motivation that went with the chance to make history, to be part of the first Irish team to beat(...)

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