Declan Kidney

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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(...)

Joe Schmidt can’t quite put his finger on why Ireland have started this year’s Six Nations so poorly. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland’s Icarus complex History regularly parallels the Ireland rugby team with Icarus. Remember those delirious seconds following Gordon Hamilton’s(...)

Peter O’Mahony and  Bundee Aki during the Ireland  Captain’s Run at the  Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony has warned Ireland not to create any more Six Nations torment against Italy on Sunday to add to their haunting 2013 defeat in Rome. Mu(...)

Ireland’s Paddy Jackson looks on dejectedly as Italy’s Sergio Parisse celebrates his side winning a late penalty in Rome in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By kickoff the best laid plans had begun to unspool. Outhalf Paddy Jackson came in as a replacement for Johnny Sexton, and Ian Madigan had been drafte(...)

Sean O’Brien at an Ireland Rugby press conference in Carton House, Co Kildare.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There were a number of considerations that informed Seán O’Brien’s decision to sign a three-year contract to join London Irish after this year’s Rugby(...)

Sean O’Brien: “That’s all up in the air but afterwards, I’d hope to be still in the mix if possible and fit.”

Seán O’Brien admitted that he “shed a few tears” when he made the decision to leave Leinster and take up a three-year contract offer from London Irish(...)

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