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John McClean helped to create the UCD rugby scholarship scheme in 1997 despite being cut loose by Terenure College in 1996 after admitting to the sexual assault of a boy. File photograph: Inpho

Silence and indifference The rugby community in Leinster cannot wait this out. The spectre of John McClean will not be disappeared by “silence and in(...)

IRFU performance director David Nucifora said ‘it’s just about the business being responsible’. File photograph: Inpho

The IRFU’s refusal to enter negotiations despite 50 per cent of their professional players being out of contract next July has led to agents offering (...)

Andy Murray (right) with his brother Jamie and mother Judy.  Judy gave her sons the opportunity both to succeed and sometimes to fail. Photograph:  Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Mark Williams is sitting in his house on the Wirral Peninsula, near Liverpool. Life is, in his words, monotonous, in that every day is the same. He’s (...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton with his World Rugby Player of the Year 2018 award. File photograph: Inpho

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton is one of eight nominees for World Rugby’s Player of the Decade award. The other nominees are Richie McCaw, Tierry Dusat(...)

South African captain Francois Pienaar lifts the William Webb Ellis trophy after the victory over New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final. Photograph: Inpho

Twenty-five years today a group of men sat in the Ambassador Hotel on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris and acknowledged the game was finally up. Rugby uni(...)

Wales’ scrumhalf  Mike Phillips celebrates as a dejected Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross and Cian Healy of Ireland look on at the final whistle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eventually you make a pact with yourself. Enough of these dazed walks up Jones’ Road as the light declines. Sam Maguire winters in Kerry or Ulster. I(...)

JJ Hanrahan kicks a conversion during the Pro14 match between Munster and Scarlets at Thomond Park, Limerick in February. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Johann van Graan – whose success as Munster coach appears as reliant on Joey Carbery as Declan Kidney’s was on Ronan O’Gara – has been given all the p(...)

Dan Carter returns to Christchurch as a Blues player this weekend. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Dan Carter is Crusaders royalty, but for a hardcore fan like Graham Paterson, supporting his team on game-day is “business”. So when the Blues visit C(...)

Garry Ringrose: “It was some year [2018] for a lot of us. It’s what you aim for every year, but as I learned pretty quickly the following year it doesn’t always shape out that way.”  Photograph: Lazslo Geczo/Inpho

Garry Ringrose exudes a certain calmness and level-headedness. He has a good work-student-life balance and comes across as someone with an equally eve(...)

Dan Carter in action for Kobe Steelers in January. The 38-year-old is reported to be poised to sign for the Auckland Blues on a short-term replacement contract. Photograph: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

As with the return to action of the Bundesliga a fortnight ago, all eyes in the rugby world will be focused on the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition in(...)

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