Willie Anderson during his time as Leinster defensive coach in 2004. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

There is a stark line in Willie Anderson’s new book that contains multitudes. It reads: ‘Argentina destroyed Mum.’ It’s a reference to the summer and(...)

 Ian Madigan: has slipped down the pecking order at  Bristol Rugby and looks set to be moving on again next summer. Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Turns out the grass isn’t always greener. Bundee Ali and Kiernan Marmion appear to agree by rejecting lucrative moves abroad when re-signing last week(...)

Racing 92’s Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo after the Heineken Champions Cup game against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Ordinary Joe’ can be used by publishers to convince athletes and coaches of the need to hire a professional writer to work alongside them. Ironicall(...)

Dr Brendan Fanning, middle, is a dentist who runs a clinic in the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People with his colleague Dr Jim Griffin, left. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Amid the chaotic conditions of homeless life, the issue of dental care is far from a priority. There never used to be dental services for homeless (...)

Declan Fitzpatrick scoring a try against the Dragons. The tighthead who was strong in the scrum and a marauding presence in the loose made 98 appearances for Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Happenstance. In June 2004, Ireland and New Zealand contested the under-21 Rugby World Championship final at Hughenden in Glasgow. Declan Fitzpatrick (...)