Declan Kidney

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Tommy Bowe: has become a familiar figure on our television screens having embraced a media career   following his rugby career. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tommy Bowe is on the road. Work, a weary daily beat of Belfast, Dublin, Dublin, Belfast. “Tired but I’m good. It’s all go,” he says, unbroken by the (...)

 Richard Barrington scores  Saracens’  fifth try during the Gallagher Premiership  match against  London Irish  at  Twickenham Stoop  in London. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

London Irish 12 Saracens 40 Discerning precisely what the point is of mismatches like this can be easier said than done. All things considered, howev(...)

Dion O’Cuinneagain (with headband) celebrates the Five Nations win over Wales at Twickenham in 1999 with Conor O’Shea, Victor Costello and Paddy Johns. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Allsport

Professional rugby, having turned 25 this week, remains at a perilous crossroads. The British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021 has never f(...)

Wales’ scrumhalf  Mike Phillips celebrates as a dejected Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross and Cian Healy of Ireland look on at the final whistle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eventually you make a pact with yourself. Enough of these dazed walks up Jones’ Road as the light declines. Sam Maguire winters in Kerry or Ulster. I(...)

JJ Hanrahan kicks a conversion during the Pro14 match between Munster and Scarlets at Thomond Park, Limerick in February. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Johann van Graan – whose success as Munster coach appears as reliant on Joey Carbery as Declan Kidney’s was on Ronan O’Gara – has been given all the p(...)

Hayden Hyde scores Ireland’s second try during the Under-20 Six Nations match against England at Franklin’s Gardens in February. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Do you reckon Ireland would have been durable enough to complete the Grand Slam at Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day in 2018 without their Auckland bruis(...)

London Irish’s Seán O’Brien: “It will be down to me at the end of the day, how well I am playing and how well the team is going.”   Photograph: Roger Evans/Inpho

Not quite Ronnie O’Sullivan levels of honesty but Sean O’Brien has never been afraid of speaking the truth into recording devices. The autobiography,(...)

According to reports over the weekend, World Rugby are seemingly offering Joe Schmidt a new role. File photograph: Inpho

Schmidt - Act II Looks like Joe Schmidt has an employment opportunity that would keep him in Dublin while encouraging a deep dive into the mechanics (...)

Principality Stadium in Cardiff. There are few if any better places in the world to enjoy a big rugby match. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Descending from the valleys like red-clad wildebeest, they squeeze into Cardiff’s watering holes, cheek by jowl with friend and foe in heady anticipat(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and his teammates celebrate Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam win. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Imagine, for a moment, if Brian O’Driscoll hadn’t captained Ireland to a Grand Slam in 2009? If the so-called Golden Generation which also featured Pa(...)

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