David Nucifora

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England’s Jess Breach tackled by Ireland’s Hannah O’Connor  and Dorothy Wall. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

I dreamed a dream the other night, more of a nightmare really. For reasons not revealed to me in my slumber, Ireland would not be able to field a team(...)

Ireland’s Linda Djougang and Vicky Irwin celebrate Enya Breen’s late try against Scotland at  Kiingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: LaszloGeczo/Inpho

Ireland 15 Scotland 14 It may not have been a World Cup qualifier. It may only have been the difference between fourth and sixth in the 2022 TikTok S(...)

URC chief executive Martin Anayi: ‘We’re loathe to change the season’s structure too much.’ Photograph:  Getty Images

The organisers of the United Rugby Championship (URC) and the unions of the five competing countries, including the IRFU, appear to be on something of(...)

Ireland’s Lucy Mulhall makes a break at the 2022 TikTok Women’s Six Nations Championship Round 3 match between Ireland and Italy at  Musgrave Park, Cork on April 10th. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

There was something singularly ironic about David Nucifora sitting not far from Greg McWilliams at Welford Road on Sunday. After all, the Irish head c(...)

 Connacht’s Conor Oliver is the second highest tackler  overall in the Champions Cup with 49. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For those players who travelled from the east coast to the west coast, a Connacht-Leinster game has traditionally had an extra spice to it. Points to (...)

Ireland under-20 assistant coach Mark Sexton is also a qualified physical therapist. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

“It happens when I am introduced to someone new, especially in rugby circles. It generally goes along the lines of ‘this is Mark Sexton, Johnny’s brot(...)

Leo Cullen:  has led the team to a Champions Cup and four PRO14/URC titles in his time in charge. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

The IRFU and Leinster have confirmed a one-year contract extension for Leo Cullen, a timeframe agreed at the behest of the head coach. Cullen signed(...)

Johnny Sexton and Peter O’Mahony in action  during an Ireland training session at  The Campus in  Faro, Portugal on Tuesday. Photograph: Ryan Bailey/Inpho

It’s hard to credit, but this weekend’s Six Nations opener against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday effectively marks the second anniversary of (...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan: Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

What the hell to make of Munster? Their head coach, along with two of his three assistants, is leaving at the end of the season. There have even been (...)

South African Johann Van Graan will take over as head coach at Bath on a long-term contract from next season. Photograph: Inpho

The 127-times capped, World Cup winning Springboks lock Victor Matfield has shed further light on the frustrations which led Johann van Graan to resci(...)

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