Bill Mclaren

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 Ireland may win the Six Nations but back-to-back Grand Slams are unlikely.

Gerry Thornley Who will win/will there be a Grand Slam? Ireland are the most efficient and dependable machine, although whether this biennial schedu(...)

Chris Farrell has the toughest assignment of any player at the Aviva, the championship will ride on his  performance.Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When I arrived to my first club training as a player with Swansea Athletic, in the mid 1980s, I was dumbfounded that the centres were named left and r(...)

Brent Pope, Tom McGurk and George Hook at the launch of RTÉ Sport’s comprehensive live coverage of 2008 RBS 6 Nations. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Once upon a time the sports journalist was an authority figure. Especially when they came brandishing RTÉ paraphernalia. Today marks the end of an er(...)

George Hamilton  at Greystones Golf Club on Tuesday. “I am astonished really that at this point in my life I have ended up with this schedule of commitments.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It will be a little before 11 o’clock this morning local time when George Hamilton takes his seat behind the mic at Danmarks Radio at DR Byen, hard by(...)

Fred Cogley: He had a love and deep knowledge of all sports but it was his television and radio rugby broadcasts for RTÉ that he will be best remembered for.

When the news of Fred Cogley’s death at the age of 82 came last week sports fans, most particularly rugby fans, must have felt that they had lost some(...)

It was so much fun to watch Eddie Jones and Conor O’Shea speaking without filters to the media after the ruckus at Twickenham. Photograph:  Paul Harding/PA Wire.

Original thinking in modern rugby is both rare and difficult. Creativity in exploiting weaknesses in your opponents’ systems is common, but no less i(...)

Dejected looking Ireland players after the Six Nations defeat to France at Parc de France last month. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

In 1996, 20 years ago almost to the day, the first game of professional rugby was played. It was between the New South Wales Waratahs and the Transvaa(...)

 Tom Grace is the new Chairman of the Lions Board. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The British & Irish Lions today announced the appointment of Tom Grace as the new chairman of the Lions Board. He succeeds Gerald Davies who had o(...)

10th August 1955: Welsh rugby union outhalf Cliff Morgan is tackled by Koch whilst playing for the British Lions against South Africa at Johannesburg. He was voted player of the series after the tour, retiring three years later when he went on to a career as a radio broadcaster with the BBC. (Photo by Prior/Central Press/Getty Images)

“This is Gareth Edwards, a dramatic start. What a score! Oh, that fella Edwards. If the greatest writer of the written word could’ve written that s(...)