Dan Leavy

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Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn tackles Leinster’s Seán Cronin during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It is a testimony to the relatively settled nature of the Irish squad that the 44 players named for the World Cup preparatory camps which commence in (...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup semi-final  at the Aviva Stadium. An O’Brien tide lifted all boats. The best captain Ireland never had? Photograph: Inpho

Another one bites the dust, and, allowing for ongoing Sevens and under-20s commitments, this applies to both another domestic rugby season and, sadly,(...)

No O’Brien, no Leavy - all eyes now turn to Josh van der Flier to step up and deliver at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No miracle for Seanie Silence the imagination. Fifty-five minutes into a hellish World Cup quarter-final against the Springboks and Seán O’Brien is f(...)

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien with the Guinness Pro14 trophy after the final victory over Glasgow Warriors at  Celtic Park, Glasgow. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Confirmation that Seán O’Brien will miss the World Cup due to another hip operation which will sideline him for six months almost certainly brings dow(...)

Josh Van Der Flier at the Leinster Rugby captain’s run in Celtic Park, Glasgow on Friday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pro14 final: Glasgow Warriors v Leinster Kick-off: 6.30pm, Saturday. Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will b(...)

The current ’clear out’ in rugby is a strange, dangerous combination of sumo and judo.

While there is no doubt that World Rugby takes player safety seriously the breakdown post tackle – the ruck – needs to be looked at much more proactiv(...)

Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

 Devin Toner limped off in the Pro14 semi-final on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Devin Toner will miss the Pro14 final due to the knee injury he sustained against Munster at the RDS on Saturday. He sustained the damage in a tackle (...)

 Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores their second try. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

The two were so far ahead of the rest it wasn’t funny. The runners-up will feel they couldn’t have done a whole lot more and took the champions to the(...)

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