Brian O Driscoll

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‘Men want to be able to buy a pair of shoes now, wear them for six months and get a new pair, that’s the trend’

When he was young, Brent Pope used fashion to help him feel good about himself. He saw it as a way to improve his mental health. “When you look good, (...)

Ireland’s Liam Turner is tackled by Robbie McCallum of Scotland during the Under-20 Six Nations Championship match at Netherdale in Galashiels. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Scotland U20 5 Ireland U20 24 Ireland added to their success over England in the opening round by running in three tries in victory over Scotland at (...)

Ireland players look on during their opening round loss to England in 2000. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland head into Saturday’s clash with Scotland at Murrayfield knowing they need a victory to keep their Six Nations hopes alive. Joe Schmidt’s side(...)

England’s Jonny May scores their first try despite the attempted tackle of Garry Ringrose during the  Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Only 90 seconds in and Jonny May was punching the air in celebration after his try and you sensed the afternoon/evening ahead might be quite a lengthy(...)

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are the most decorated Irish half-back pairing ever in international rugby. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Teams evolve. So it was that when the Grand Slammers of 2009, Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell et al, retired, it turned out not to be the end of t(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony preparing for  England during training at   the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v England, Aviva stadium, Saturday, 4.45pm (Virgin Media/ITV) This is different. Invariably it has been Ireland hunting an English scalp. So(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts at fullback for Ireland in their Six Nations opener. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

On top of the surprise selection of Robbie Henshaw at fullback instead of Rob Kearney and Josh van der Flier at openside ahead of Seán O’Brien the Ire(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action  at the Six  Nations Championship Round 5  match against England at Twickenham in March 2018.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll believes Ireland will beat England at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday as a starting point to a 2019 Guinness Six Nations which, he fo(...)

Robbie Henshaw has won only one of his 36 caps at fullback but it is believed to be his favourite position. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Allowing for the subsequent jaunt against the USA, last time out – to all intents and purposes – Ireland beat the All Blacks for the first time on hom(...)

England’s Elliot Daly scores his side’s first try against Ireland in the Six Nations tournament at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

As a sportsperson versatility is a cherished attribute within the team dynamic but it comes with a caveat. Few derive any satisfaction from being in t(...)

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