Aaron Cruden

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 Declan Fitzpatrick will prove a formidable presence in the  Ulster  front row for tonight’s clash with Leinster. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Pressey/Inpho

Leinster losing three in games in succession is hard to imagine. They may be blessed by the lack of artillery in the Red Hand brigade, seeking to aven(...)

Connacht’s captain Craig Clarke after last week’s victory over Toulouse in the Heineken Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Connacht announced they had signed Craig Clarke, the eyes of their supporters must have lit up. It was a statement of intent. Here was a co-capta(...)

Paul O’Connell and his team-mates show their devastation after the final whistle. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The one that got away alright. From trepidation, to hope, to excitement, to belief intermingled with continuing doubt, to genuine belief, and then dej(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton during the  match against New Zealand. You put yourself out where there’s no hiding place. Make the kick and the team are heroes. Miss it and people talk about you for years. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

When it was all over on Sunday, your thoughts had to go to Johnny Sexton. It was harsh but it was unavoidable. Everybody could see that if he had kick(...)

 Referee Nigel Owens in discussion with  All Black captain Richie McCaw during Sunday’s Test against  Ireland.  Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

Watching it a second time isn’t any easier. Entering the last 10 minutes, the BBC co-commentator Philip Matthews described it as “the biggest 10 minut(...)

Kieran Read of New Zealand after their two-point win over Irleand at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand must make big improvements to stand any chance of repeating their perfect year next season, according to Kieran Read. The All Blacks won 1(...)

New Zealand’s Ryan Crotty crosses the line to score the last try of the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealand’s media could have been forgiven for having their end of year tour reports in the bag even before kick-off so great were the perceived (...)

Sean O’Brien offloads during Ireland’s narrow defeat against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Sean O’Brien’s head is in a muddle. The game is racing through it, the doubts and the decisions, the fortune that fell Ireland’s way and then came bac(...)

 All Black captain Richie McCaw wears the scars of the match  following the   game against Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

What can be said after that? A chance of history snatched from Ireland’s grasp at the death by the seemingly unstoppable All Blacks winning machine. (...)

Ireland’s Seán O’Brien tries to shrug off New Zealand’s  Luke Romano during the autumn international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland flanker Seán O’Brien admitted his bitter disappointment after the heroic added-time defeat to New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium.The All Blacks (...)

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