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Leinster’s Rocky Elsom bursts through the Leicester  defence during the 19-16 win in the 2009 Heineken Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Rocky Elsom’s biographer wastes no time entering the realm of hagiography. “Rocky is like a modern day renaissance man, a Leonardo da Vinci in studs,(...)

Eddie Jones: “The doctor said, ‘If you recover fully you can coach until you’re 70.’ I might keep him to that”. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

“Conflict in any organisation is important, because from conflict you get creativity” – Eddie Jones Only the special ones earn lifelong enemies. Ther(...)

 Geordan Murphy: “There’s always pressure. My good buddy James Ferris always told me, ‘Pressure is for tyres’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In early September Geordan and Anneka were christening Rex’s little brother Oscar when the Leicester board came calling. Matt O’Connor had been sacke(...)

Simon Zebo:  Even Johnny Sexton’s departure to Racing 92, where Zebo is expected to end up, did not take him out of a World Cup. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Everywhere you went this past week, Simon Zebo was the talk of Irish rugby. His decision to up sticks and leave Munster at the end of this season tran(...)

Tommy Bowe in action for the Ospreys in 2010 against Munster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Players whose Ireland careers stalled Trevor Brennan - The Leinster back-rower won 13 caps between 1998 and 2002 but after he left Leinster for(...)

 England’s Dan Cole: Michael Cheika said: “That same prop’s been infringing the law since his career started probably, if not all of this year.” Photograph: Reuters

Michael Cheika has accused England’s Dan Cole of illegal scrummaging throughout his career in a damning assessment of the prop and a fierce response (...)

Joe Schmidt:   Ireland and Michael Cheika’s Australia  clash in the Aviva Stadium at 5.30pm on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Same? Well, same, but different. Joe and Cheiks. How best to describe, never mind compare, them? Ask around. Ruthless, lethally so. One more bla(...)

Joe Marler could face disciplinary action after an obscene  tweet directed at former Australia coach Bob Dwyer.  Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

England prop Joe Marler has risked sanction from the Rugby Football Union after using social media to direct an obscene remark at former Australia coa(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones: “The destination for us is 2019, where I expect us to be at our best. That’s not to say we can’t win tournaments and Test matches along the way.” Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Eddie Jones and the war of words was well and truly won. The Irish Times’s profile on England’s first foreign head coach had been thoroughly researche(...)

 Michael Cheika: “My thoughts weren’t framed by their combination or this game in mind. It was just about what was best for us.” Photo:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Unlike, it seems, almost everyone else in this World Cup, the Wallabies are amid the hustle and bustle of central London. Their players have to nego(...)

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