Declan Kidney

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Simon Zebo: “My love for Munster could definitely bring me back. I’ve an incredible connection with the supporters around Munster.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At face value it might look like a strange one. Simon Zebo will tomorrow line out for Munster against Racing 92 in the latter’s new U Arena, which wil(...)

Geordan Murphy: “We let ourselves down on the big stage. We were bullied. We have an opportunity on Sunday to circle the wagons. Let’s see how we get on.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Matt O’Connor is as good a place as any to begin our catch up with Geordan Murphy. The man who shaped his latter playing days and present coaching ph(...)

Joe Schmidt’s win ratio is at  70 per cent with Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“Thanks to a craven media, the Ireland coach had an uncritical assessment in power; his achievements were overblown and his failures ignored. Schmidt (...)

Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman: “I don’t want to go to Munster, Leinster and Ulster and get hammered but I have to take a medium- to long-term plan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bernard Jackman is his own man. But when he was playing with Leinster in 2005, an Australian coach arrived to the RDS and began a wholesale change tha(...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney claims a high ball ahead of  Joaquin Tuculet. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joe Schmidt does warm, on occasion, to the old compare and contrast question. In November 2013, Schmidt’s first formal month as Ireland coach, the All(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton  avoids Andries Coetzee during the Ireland v South Africa match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The era of untouchable giants crumbles: the Springboks and Les Bleus can no longer be considered global rugby powers. That Allister Coetzee’s shambol(...)

Tomas O’Leary gets tackled by Jamie Roberts of Wales during the 2010 Six Nations clash. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Ireland scrum-half Tomas O’Leary has announced his retirement from professional rugby. O’Leary started four of Ireland’s five games in the 200(...)

Joe Schmidt: “The door is never closed on a player playing externally. But it becomes a very difficult calculation.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

For those who missed the memo, the IRFU policy of not selecting players that venture overseas has hardened. “That’s probably a fair summation,” said (...)

The successful Lions squad following the third Test win over Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Given the recent conclusion of the Six Nations Championship in a Lions touring year, it is an obvious exercise to establish what correlation, if any, (...)

Keith Wood  scores a try as Ireland deny England a Grand Slam in 2001. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

For the fourth time since the beginning of the Six Nations Championship in 2000 England travel to Dublin seeking a Grand Slam. They were unsuccessful (...)

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