Victor Matfield controls the maul to set up the try for Heinrich Brussow of South Africa during the first Test match between the   Springboks and the   Lions at  Kings Park Stadium on June 20th, 2009 in Durban. Photograph:  Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

You could write the definitive book on life and rugby based on the opening Tests of a British & Irish Lions series alone. It would cover every emo(...)

Many of the  attacking skills of great players such as New Zealand’s Jeff Wilson were learned through unsupervised play on the local green or on the school playground. Photograph:  David Rogers/Allsport

I have consciously stayed away from the dregs of social media during the pandemic. The world is depressing me at every glance. Reading tweets from th(...)

Brian O’Carroll in action for Offaly against Kilkenny in 2014. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Just when we thought podcasts couldn’t get any more popular. Since the coronavirus outbreak demand has been amplified as listeners look to escape the (...)

Tadgh Furlong is one of three Leinster players in the running for European Player of the Year. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose have been shortlisted for the EPCR European Player of the Year award. The trio are aiming to emulate th(...)

Ireland tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong is one of five nominations for The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland dominate a list of five nominees in contention to be named The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year for 2018. The Grand Slam cha(...)

 Ireland’s James Ryan scores a try just after his introduction in the second half. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

USA 19 Ireland 55 A US Eagles team stocked with collegiate athletes proved no match for Ireland’s coming generation. None at all, and Joe Schmidt pr(...)

Brian O’Driscoll “I knew I was small and knew I had to wait for a bit of size to come. It came over the course of that summer. I must have grown four or five inches.”

The rugby is over now. They can be found in Dublin offices like Davy Stockbrokers, KPMG or away in Chicago, London and Vancouver. All pushing 40, many(...)

Conor McGregor  in The Fighting Irish: Reality Bites (Thursday, RTÉ Two, 10pm). Photograph: RTE

Gerry Adams: War, Peace and Politics (Monday, TV3, 10pm) Gerry Adams is a complex and controversial figure in Irish life, in the thick of the politic(...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

Killian Burke: starts for Cork against Wexford.  Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork hurlers have been forced into three changes for Sunday’s league quarter-final against Wexford in Páirc Uí Rinn. Centre back Mark Ellis and cor(...)

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