Ben Kay

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Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

 Leinster’s Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the Champions Cup trophy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If you’re of the rugby faith and your twin Gods are Leinster and Ireland, then at this point you’re perched on a cloud numbered nine floating just abo(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong clash with Saracens’s Owen Farrell. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Maro Itoje’s knee. Johnny Sexton’s thigh. Only one of them, the Leinster outhalf, is wincing on the Aviva turf clutching his leg. Just 16 minutes have(...)

David Nucifora, IRFU, performance director, is leading the review into Ireland’s World Cup displays. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The post Rugby World Cup (RWC) review into the Irish team performance in Cardiff and London last month will be completed by the end of November. The(...)

“Joe Schmidt is tactically one of the best coaches in the world though, and always brings the best out of the squad.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has adopted a “risky strategy” in preparing Ireland to peak for a potential World Cup Pool D decider against France, according to Ben Kay.(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll, the former Ireland centre now BT Sport rugby pundit looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leinster and Wasps at the RDS Arena. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Well, that was weird, watching Brian O’Driscoll pottering around the RDS in his civvies yesterday, expressing wonder at all the things he never knew w(...)

Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll  eyes up the New Zealand All Black haka before  the ill-fated first Test match in Christchurch in  2005.

New Zealand 21Lions 3at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchJune 25th, 2005Bad and all as losing him within a minute of the kick-off was, the real psychological(...)