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Will Addison is in line to play fullback in the World Cup warm-up against Wales in cardiff on Sunday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Opportunity knocks for one last time before Ireland’s 31-man squad is finalised for the World Cup when Joe Schmidt announces his side to face Wales in(...)

Crusaders  assistant coach Ronan O’Gara  reacts as Ereatari Enari scores a try during a  training session at Rugby Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, this week. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Millennials, we can’t live without them. New Zealand rugby is figuring this out the hard way. Generation Y know their worth better than any previous c(...)

 Bundee Aki starts for Connacht against Gloucester this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland internationals Bundee Aki and Kieran Marmion have returned to the Connacht starting XV to face Gloucester in the Challenge Cup quarter-final i(...)

Ireland fullback  Rob Kearney gets up to challenge his England counterpart  Anthony Watson leading to the opening try of the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Rob Kearney Broke even with Anthony Watson to create the Ringrose try. Superb defence – a guaranteed Watson try on 24 minutes was denied by the inter(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton and head coach Joe Schmidt enter the press room after the victory over Scotland. Photograph:  Oisin Keniry/Inpho

In 2009 Declan Kidney told Johnny Sexton that the Grand Slam belongs to him as much as the rest. Sexton will never swallow such a line: “Declan said (...)

Any potential assumption by Wales that Chris Farrell and Bundee Aki are a smash and bash partnership  will play nicely into their hands. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Might Wales see a weakness in Ireland’s centre partnership? They will note six caps between Bundee Aki and Chris Farrell and a Six Nations debut for t(...)

Bundee Aki: returns to the Connacht line-up for the trip to Worcester. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho HO/Bryan Keane

Connacht have never been better placed to advance to the European knockout stages when they head to England to face Premiership strugglers Worcester a(...)

Home-grown talent Tiernan O’Halloran in action for Connacht against Ulster at the  Sportsground as team-mate Niyi Adeleokun, who was born in Nigeria, looks on. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There may have been a few gasps at the breadth of Connacht’s win over Ulster in their Christmas meeting in Galway. That scalp and the possibilities fo(...)

Bundee Aki is out of action until February. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As 2016 grinds to a halt I’m full of the warmth of so many rugby experiences but that there is at last a unified ‘ruthless pursuit of excellence’ acro(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: “When we sat off them in the final last year, we found it difficult defending against them.” Photograph: Donall FarmerDonall Farmer

And so they meet again. A reprise of last year’s unlikely final and Connacht’s stylish and memorable coronation as champions both still rankles wit(...)

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