Declan Kidney

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 John Kelly celebrates his try for Munster during the “Miracle Match”, where the province needed to win by exactly four tries and 27 points against Gloucester, which they succeeded in doing so.   Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Looking back now, it perhaps doesn’t seem quite so fanciful. Facing into the final round of pool games, Munster had to beat Gloucester and also by fou(...)

Lansdowne’s Jack O’Sullivan tackles Garryowen’s Andrew O’Byrne during the  Ulster Bank League Division 1A semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Jack O’Sullivan has twice dipped a toe in the world of professional rugby but for now has prioritised completing a Business & Management degree in(...)

  Geordan Murphy   has been appointed interim head coach of Leicester Tigers following the departure of director of rugby Matt O’Connor. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Dean Richards once dubbed Geordan Murphy the “George Best” of rugby. It is Richards who arrives to Welford Road this weekend with Newcastle Falcons to(...)

Munster’s Darren Sweetman in action against London Irish at Musgrave Park in Cork. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 32 London Irish 28 It’s a new season, there’s a new 3G pitch at Musgrave Park and Friday night’s pre-season friendly produced plenty of good (...)

Former international Kurt McQuilkin in action for Bective Rangers against Ballymena. The club featured in Division Two of the All-Ireland League for many years. Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

On Saturday, Bective Rangers will play their final match in the Ulster Bank League, at lest for the time being, when they host Malahide at Donnybrook.(...)

Tim Visser of Harlequins breaks the tackle of Piet van Zyl of London Irish during the Aviva Premiership match  at Twickenham Stoop. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins

Harlequins 5 London Irish 35 London Irish boss Declan Kidney played down the impact of the club’s new coaching staff as they recorded their biggest w(...)

Jamie Heaslip lifts the Heineken Cup after the win over Leicester at Murrayfield in May 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will walk on the pitch before Leinster v Saracens. “Mick Dawson told me this morning they are at just south of 50,000.” Imagine they b(...)

Maro Itoje helped Saracens to victory over Harlequins. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said Maro Itoje looked “full of energy” as he delivered a standout performance in his side’s 24-11 win over Har(...)

Les Kiss and Declan Kidney have taken over as head coach and technical consultant respectively at London Irish. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

London Irish rugby director Nick Kennedy has left the Aviva Premiership strugglers with immediate effect. Making the announcement, the club also said(...)

Ireland celebrate at the full-time whistle  after defeating England  at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Twickenham. The worst place to lose, but the best place to win. Come the full-time whistle this afternoon the ground will either be reverberating to S(...)

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