Declan Kidney

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Ireland’s players take part in a training session at the Steelers training ground in Kobe. Photograph: Getty Images

Johnny Sexton will captain Ireland for the first time against Russia inside the sweltering Kobe Misaki stadium on Thursday evening. “It’s a massive h(...)

Now, with Scotland in their sights, all that torture has been moulded into something resembling peak performance. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Small island, big dreams. There’s nowhere to hide on this green rock. Six hours cruising in his vintage mustang can have Jacob Stockdale beside Conor (...)

Johnny Sexton leaves the field injured against France in 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One sidestep sparked the All Blacks’ run to retaining the World Cup in 2015. It happened in August, before the tournament had even started, when Dan (...)

The Ireland rugby squad during their  open training session in  the Sportsgrounds, Galway. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Johnny Sexton, who celebrated his 34th birthday on Thursday, will be available if required for Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup warm-up match against(...)

London Irish chief executive Brian Facer: ‘The most important thing for any rugby club is to succeed on the pitch.’ Photograph: Lee Christiansen

There’s commitment, and then there’s Brian Facer’s level of commitment. The chief executive of London Irish rugby club since late 2017, Facer commutes(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens breaks with the ball during the Champions Cup semi -final win over Munster  at the Aviva Stadium in  2017 in Dublin. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Trying to establish points of difference statistically in terms of the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finalists borrows from the lamppost analogy and spa(...)

'No,' I go, 'I’m not pissed. I’ve got this match tomorrow and I’m nervous. I need to ask you something, Ro ... Could you get me drugs?'

So I’m in the laundry room, working myself to the bone, although not - it probably goes without saying - doing laundry. Yeah, no, I’m on the old Ab C(...)

Joe Schmidt: Ireland’s head coach has plenty of time still to fine-tune his squad for the next World Cup. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The keening in Ireland following the Six Nations Championship has already dropped a few decibel levels and should bottom out over the next few days as(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell after losing to Argentina in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s rugby authorities were so worried about media leaks after a disastrous World Cup campaign that they employed a former British military intel(...)

Sean O’Brien: It’s hard to think of him ever being omitted out of choice by either Schmidt or Declan Kidney since establishing himself as a regular in the Irish team in  2011. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien has seemingly been omitted from the Irish match-day 23 for Sunday’s penultimate Six Nations meeting with France at the Aviva Stadium (kic(...)

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