David Campese

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Many of the  attacking skills of great players such as New Zealand’s Jeff Wilson were learned through unsupervised play on the local green or on the school playground. Photograph:  David Rogers/Allsport

I have consciously stayed away from the dregs of social media during the pandemic. The world is depressing me at every glance. Reading tweets from th(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell during a training session  at the Sport Ireland campus in Blanchardstown. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

After all most 200 years, one of rugby’s oldest “tenets of faith” still holds solid. If your tight five dominate their opposition, then you will win t(...)

What was Jaco Peyper (centre) thinking at that moment? The answer is, unfortunately, probably “nothing”. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA Wire

Inevitably, and disappointingly, I must start with the Jaco Peyper photograph. After Wales’s 20-19 win over France in the quarter-finals, he joined wi(...)

The Ireland and New Zealand encounters define the Joe Schmidt era.

Joe Schmidt’s decade in Ireland has yielded unprecedented success ever since Johnny Sexton orchestrated Leinster’s miracle revival against Northampton(...)

Gordon Hamilton celebrating  try that nearly gave Ireland victory against Australia. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

A Dave Curtis pass, Jim Staples with the grubber, Jack Clarke bumps David Campese, gathers the ball and passes to Gordon Hamilton who races 40 metres (...)

Reece Hodge of Australia celebrates his try during the 2019 Rugby Championship test match between Australia and  New Zealand last Saturday. Photograph:  James Worsfold/Getty Images

Uneasy lies the crown. The feeling that this year’s World Cup is undoubtedly the most openly competitive in yonks, perhaps ever, was strengthened by t(...)

Plenty will be resting on the shoulders of captain Michael Hooper in Japan. Photograph: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo/Getty

Australia Who are they? The Rugby Championship has sparked some renewed hope into the Wallabies, who prior to the tournamwnt were on a run of just f(...)

Ireland tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong is one of five nominations for The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland dominate a list of five nominees in contention to be named The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year for 2018. The Grand Slam cha(...)

Michael Cheika as been retained as Wallabies head coach after a review by Rugby Australia. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Michael Cheika will lead the Wallabies to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, but the head coach will have to report to a director of rugby after (...)

Head coach Anthony Eddy talks to the Ireland women’s team during squad training for the  World Cup Sevens at   San Francisco GAA club. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland Men and Women Sevens teams take to the field at AT&T Park in San Francisco, home to the San Francisco Giants Baseball team, in their r(...)

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