Brian O Driscoll

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A television screen shows to the media, the potential impact of Typhoon Hagibis as World Rugby announced match cancellations at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

No matter what happens from here on in, the ramifications of this weekend’s cancellations will linger long into the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the tour(...)

 Johnny  Sexton kicking through to set up Peter O’Mahony for  Ireland’s second try against Russia in Kobe City. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland’s utter reliance on Johnny Sexton is a conundrum for 2020. It is Andy Farrell’s problem ahead of next season’s Six Nations. Right now, right h(...)

Ruddock’s hard-carrying performance against Russia highlighted the need to have him in the mix.

Rory Best is right. This is not the largely joyless campaign of 2007 revisited. This is a much more united squad, far better prepared, with more devel(...)

 Garry Ringrose   with  Luke McGrath after the centre scored Ireland’s fifth try against on Thursday. Photograph: Getty Images

It was close to 10pm on Thursday night by the time Joe Schmidt sat down in the press conference room in the ground floor of Misaki stadium. In compari(...)

 New Zealand’s  Sonny Bill Williams stretches to score the  All Blacks’ third try during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match against  Canada at the Oita Stadium. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Day 13 of the Rugby World Cup. To which the obvious reaction can only be – hang on, are you certain it’s only Day 13? Wasn’t Ireland’s win over Scotla(...)

Keith Earls in Shizuoka this week. ‘Potentially, this could be my last World Cup,’ says the Munster winger. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In his own typically unobtrusive way Keith Earls has become one of his country’s greatest players, and he will look to kick-start his third World Cup (...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg takes part in a training session at the International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture on Friday.  Photo: Kazuhiro/Getty

If desperation is the disease and experience the antidote – quote credit: Andy Farrell – Ireland are far from full health. The journey started eight (...)

Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

 Joe Schmidt:  “I think the great days have been the ones where the players have done something a little bit special, and you’ve seen players grow.”

Today really does mark the end of an era. The Joe Schmidt era at the Aviva Stadium. Previous eras have taken in a detour to Croke Park and the increas(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale intercepts the ball to score his second against Wales at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Rare is the Irish rugby career that starts with a bang and carries on serenely without a few dips and brickbats along the way. Not even Brian O’Drisco(...)

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