Bernard Jackman

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Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton celebrates with fans after the Pro14 final win over Scarlets. “In the Racing games we didn’t score any tries. We had chances. We didn’t take them. Today we managed to take them.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A golden generation passes and the one that replaces it seems gifted with even more than what went before. Already a word that groups players into (...)

Newport Gwent Dragons’ Adam Hughes has been forced to retire due to a brain injury. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dragons centre Adam Hughes has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect due to a brain injury. The 28-year-old Newport-(...)

  Munster’s Dan Goggin scores a try at Outeniqua Park despite the efforts of Michael Makase of the Southern Kings. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The run-in to this season’s Guinness Pro14 has, as expected, been made more complicated by the new format wherein the expanded competition has been di(...)

Jamie Heaslip lifts the Heineken Cup after the win over Leicester at Murrayfield in May 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will walk on the pitch before Leinster v Saracens. “Mick Dawson told me this morning they are at just south of 50,000.” Imagine they b(...)

Peter O’Mahony with supporters during an open training session at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Why RTÉ , why? It had been a beautiful little spell in our nation’s history, we had come together as one to repel the invader that was the Beast from(...)

Ireland’s  Chris Farrell is tackled by Ben Volavola of Fiji during his international debut last  autumn. Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the 2010-11 Ulster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final replay between Methody College and Campbell College in the former’s grounds at Pirrie Park, Met(...)

Home-grown talent Tiernan O’Halloran in action for Connacht against Ulster at the  Sportsground as team-mate Niyi Adeleokun, who was born in Nigeria, looks on. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There may have been a few gasps at the breadth of Connacht’s win over Ulster in their Christmas meeting in Galway. That scalp and the possibilities fo(...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty in action against Brive in the Challenge Cup. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Whatever way you look at it, Saturday night’s meeting with Ulster at a jam-packed Sportsground is a huge game in Connacht’s season. It’s their sole ho(...)

Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman: “I don’t want to go to Munster, Leinster and Ulster and get hammered but I have to take a medium- to long-term plan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bernard Jackman is his own man. But when he was playing with Leinster in 2005, an Australian coach arrived to the RDS and began a wholesale change tha(...)

 Ireland’s Rory Best with Santiago Garcia Botta of Argentina: Best has appeared only twice for Ulster  this season  due to a hamstring injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In a surprise inclusion, Ireland captain Rory Best will line out with Ulster when they travel to Rodney Parade on Friday to meet the Dragons. Best (...)

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