Brian O Driscoll

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Ireland celebrate at the full-time whistle  after defeating England  at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Twickenham. The worst place to lose, but the best place to win. Come the full-time whistle this afternoon the ground will either be reverberating to S(...)

Alone they stand: Brian O’Driscoll celebrates with Jack Kyle after the 2009 Grand Slam win. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Boys in green, it’s time to join the pantheon of greats. Since the Four Nations became the Five Nations in 1908, and the concept of the Grand Slam wa(...)

The Ireland team celebrate winning the Grand Slam at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Consulting, farming, coaching and media darlings aplenty, here are the 2009 Grand Slammers revisited. The campaign got off to a stunning start with J(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring one of his two tries against Scotland. This Irish team has already scored five more tries than the 2009 Grand Slam winners.    Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Boring, boring Ireland? Okay, so Matt Williams only used the adjective once, not twice as the chant goes. But even so the description, coming in the (...)

Rob Kearney is tackled by  Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn: The fullback has played a key role in four championship wins plus a Grand Slam. Photograph:  Tom Honan.

Take a bow Rob Kearney, and Rory Best. As the only survivors from the 2009 Grand Slam squad, these two have also been ever-presents in all three ensu(...)

 Ireland players celebrate after Sean Cronin scored their side’s fourth try during the victory over  Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

All roads lead to Twickenham now alright. History beckons, and so too a form of rugby immortality. For the first time ever, an Irish squad will trave(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton arrives for a  training session at Carton House.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Ireland tend not to do penultimate games well after winning three from three, leading as it does to idle talk in the air of a Grand Slam. Perhaps that(...)

Peter O’Mahony with supporters during an open training session at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Why RTÉ , why? It had been a beautiful little spell in our nation’s history, we had come together as one to repel the invader that was the Beast from(...)

‘The last 18 months is probably the most I have enjoyed rugby since I was about 13 years of age.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Keith Earls is in a good headspace, so to speak, something he attributes to working with world renowned hypnotist and mentalist Keith Barry, and while(...)

Sam Arnold: “I might not have the Irish accent but I would do absolutely everything if I did get the opportunity to wear the jersey.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Much like the bread shelves in the supermarkets these past few days, Ireland’s midfield cupboard is looking increasingly bare, but Joe Schmidt is cont(...)

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