Andy Friend

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Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

No O’Brien, no Leavy - all eyes now turn to Josh van der Flier to step up and deliver at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No miracle for Seanie Silence the imagination. Fifty-five minutes into a hellish World Cup quarter-final against the Springboks and Seán O’Brien is f(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

Munster backs and attack coach Felix Jones and forwards coach Jerry Flannery: leaving the province after 10 and 14 years of service, respectively. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster’s loss is set to be Ulster’s gain as Bill Johnston moves to Belfast. This could become a reversal of fortunes following the impact Chris Farre(...)

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland addresses his players ahead of the province’s Pro14 match against Glasgow at Scotstoun Stadium last month. Photograph: Inpho

Dan McFarland likes some family time, likes reading, likes American Football and likes the movies too. He actually managed to make it to the cinema on(...)

Rory Best: all set for a farewell home appearance at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Kick-off: 5.35pm. (On TV: Live on eir Sport)   This intriguing first play-off meeting between them(...)

Connacht meet Ulster in a Pro14 quarter-final which isn’t quite a quarter-final this weekend. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There are some deep mysteries in the game of rugby. For example, in other sports, numbering the team lists would seem pretty straightforward. With 23 (...)

Andy Friend: “We are pretty comfortable and confident in what we do. It will be a great battle.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht coach Andy Friend is banking on his squad finding a new level of competitiveness when they face Ulster in Saturday’s Pro14 quarter-final at K(...)

Rory Best: has returned to training for Ulster for the quarter-final clash against Connacht. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

While Ulster remain hopeful that Rory Best will make what will be an emotional last appearance at the Kingspan Stadium, in Saturday’s PRO14 quarter-fi(...)

Peter O’Mahony at Munster Rugby squad training in UL, Limerick on Monday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

On March 16th, as we all know, Wales sealed the Grand Slam with that 25-7 win over Ireland at a packed Principality Stadium. Well deserved it was, too(...)

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