Declan Kidney

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 Johnny Sexton  roars at Ronan O’Gara after a  Leinster try in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been perhaps the most compellingly bitter rivalry turned friendship in Irish professional rugby and it’s about to have another twist. They cross(...)

Italy players react to their heavy defeat in the Six Nations match against Ireland. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Walking down Lansdowne Lane in the aftermath of the Six Nations game at the Aviva stadium, I couldn’t shrug off the feeling of acute disappointment wh(...)

The outcry over Kurt Zouma’s mistreatment of his pet cat has continued to grow in the wake of a video showing him dropping, kicking and slapping the animal.  Photograph:  Zac Goodwin/PA Wire.

You may not have wished to watch the video. Before it begins there is a warning stating ‘displaying scenes of animal cruelty.’ This is what happens. (...)

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 (...)

Julián Montoya  reacts after scoring a try during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool C match against France. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

Julián Montoya didn’t tolerate what he considered an uppity young wing that had the temerity to try and prise the ball from his grasp. New Zealand’s W(...)

Gordon D’Arcy in action for Lansdowne  during an All-Ireland League game against Garryowen in March 2000. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

A primary challenge for elite young rugby players these days is to avoid being overtrained and underplayed. Playing matches is the ultimate developmen(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

Collie “Blinky” Foran has been cutting the hair of the O’Carroll-Kelly men for, I don’t know, generations? My old man first took me there when I was, (...)

Toulouse’s Maxime Medard celebrates with Cheslin Kolbe, Baptiste Germain and the Heineken Champions Cup trophy after the win over La Rochelle at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Although negotiations are still ongoing over the exact format for next season’s Heineken Champions Cup, it has been agreed that 24 teams will compete (...)

Ireland prop Tom Court was visiting his parents in Brisbane in 2013 when he was called up as a replacement for the Lions Tour in Australia. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There will be an expectation in Wales that representation in the Lions squad to tour South Africa this summer will reflect the 2021 Six Nations Champi(...)

Simon Zebo in action for Racing 92 in the Champions Cup earlier this month. Photograph: Getty Images

Munster and the IRFU have confirmed that Simon Zebo has signed a one-year contract to return to play with the province for the 2021/22 season. This c(...)

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