David Campese

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 Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite the efforts of All Blacks’ Aaron Smith and Damian McKenzie  at the Aviva Stadium in November 2018. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

The base value of scoring in field sports essentially prioritises “how many” over “how”. The aesthetics of the act may be enjoyed by the player or sup(...)

David Campese of the Wallabies makes a break during the Australia vs New Zealand semi-final during the 1991 Rugby World Cup, at Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

In the 1991 Rugby World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and the Wallabies, David Campese delivered the greatest pass I have ever witnessed. Campes(...)

Tom Kiernan pictured in 1982 when he was coach of Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

First a brief rolling back of the years. At the time of his retirement in 1973 Tom Kiernan was Ireland’s most-capped player, most experienced captain (...)

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(...)

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