Alan Gaffney

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Emile Ntamack celebrates Toulouse’s victory over Munster with Frederic Michalak in April 2003. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

While reporting on the initial matches in Pool D of the 2007 World Cup, taking in a game between France and Namibia in Toulouse mightn’t seem like muc(...)

Eddie O’Sullivan, then assistant coach  with Ireland coach Warren Gatland in 2000. He succeeded the Welshman in the role in 2002. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell faces into his first Six Nations looking to infuse belief and momentum into the new regime. The disappointment of the World Cup is large(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens breaks with the ball during the Champions Cup semi -final win over Munster  at the Aviva Stadium in  2017 in Dublin. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Trying to establish points of difference statistically in terms of the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finalists borrows from the lamppost analogy and spa(...)

 John Kelly celebrates his try for Munster during the “Miracle Match”, where the province needed to win by exactly four tries and 27 points against Gloucester, which they succeeded in doing so.   Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Looking back now, it perhaps doesn’t seem quite so fanciful. Facing into the final round of pool games, Munster had to beat Gloucester and also by fou(...)

 Leinster’s Jonathan  Sexton  celebrates scoring a try with Shane Horgan during the 2011 Heineken Cup Final victory over Northampton Saints at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton-inspired comeback in the 2011 Heineken Cup final, when the Irish province overturned a 16-point interval deficit against th(...)

Northampton’s George North has been disciplined for failing to turn up at a training session. Photo: Getty Images

Northampton wing George North has been “disciplined internally” after missing a training session ahead of the March 3rd clash with Sale. Saints boss (...)

Munster face a tough trip to the new state-of-the-art U Arena  for Sunday’s Champions Cup Pool 4 game against Racing 92. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Bearing in mind Toulon qualified as the third best runners-up with only three wins and 16 points last season, up to 16 of the 20 participants in the E(...)

Former Ireland coach Alan Gaffney is the new Northampton director of rugby. Photo: Inpho

Northampton have appointed veteran Australian coach Alan Gaffney as interim technical coaching consultant, to replace the sacked Jim Mallinder. The (...)

Alan Gaffney: “I just think they are very, very strong and they have got a lot of depth at the present time and full credit to the coaches all over the provinces.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Australia will fear Ireland, when they host them in their first ever three-match Test series next year, because of what Joe Schmidt’s side have achiev(...)

CJ Stander has been outstanding for Ireland with his powerful running, strong fends and great footwork. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In those beautiful, tingling moments before the team departs the changing-room for the intensity of the warm-up, the emotion levels remain below the r(...)

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