Brian O Driscoll

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The scale of the defeat by the All Blacks in the World Cup quarter-finals ensured the most bountiful decade of all  ended on a decidedly bum note. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

That was the decade that was, and while it may have ended on a thoroughly anti-climactic and even slightly tawdry note, it’s worth reminding ourselves(...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

The Blindboy Podcast:  Flick through the Apple podcast charts on any given day and you will see that Irish podcasts are among the most popular in the country.   Photograph: Alan Place

In September, former Irish rugby international Jamie Heaslip posed a question on Twitter: “Should I start a podcast?” He asked his followers to vote y(...)

Rassie Erasmus, the South Africa head coach, holds aloft the Webb Ellis Cup after their victory over England in the World Cup Final in  Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Springboks issues: History is initially written by the victors but that does not mean glaring concerns surrounding the Springboks should be ignored.(...)

A general view of the awarding ceremony of the International 2019 Dota 2 World Championships final at Mercedes-Benz Arena on August 25th, 2019 in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Hu Chengwei/Getty Images

Epic Games ended Season 10 of Fortnite with another one of its renowned live events, a meteor shower ending in a black hole, so for all Fortnite playe(...)

Devin Toner’s home in Portobello, Dublin sold for €895,000

Rugby player Devin Toner and his wife, Mary, are on the move, following the sale of their Portobello home and recent purchase of a house in Mount Merr(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones with his defence coach John Mitchell. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Attacks win games and defences win tournaments, say the wise and knowing and, of course, defence coaches. But there’s no doubt that one of the great p(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen believes all four provinces have an influence on the Irish squad, not just Leinster. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leo Cullen has countered suggestions by former Leinster captains Brian O’Driscoll and Isa Nacewa that the style of Leinster coaching has unduly influe(...)

Ireland after defeat to the All Blacks in their  World Cup quarter-final in  Tokyo. “We got a lesson in how to play knock-out rugby, and how to play hard and physical.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll has called on Irish rugby to radically change its approach, and place an emphasis on skills, particularly passing, from grassroots le(...)

New Zealand captain Kieran Read after the defeat to England in the Rugby World Cup semi-final at the  Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Some get to pen their own exits, be it Brian O’Driscoll to Derek Pender in our neck of the woods, or in Rugby World Cups most recently there was the A(...)

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