Denis Hickie

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Johnny  Sexton celebrates scoring a  try during the 2011 final against Northampton at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Whatever way you look at it, that was a special win, even by Leinster’s standards. To down the reigning European and English champions after falling 1(...)

Keith Earls goes over for Ireland’s third try in the 2019 Six Nations game against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Keith Earls and Denis Hickie share the cumulative record of eight tries for Ireland players in internationals against Italy and the Munster wing will (...)

Taulupe Faletau is one of the Welsh players playing with an English club. File photograph: Getty Images

Home based For once there may be uniform agreement that the IRFU’s policy of selecting only players based in Ireland for international duty is actual(...)

Paolo Garbisi attacks for Italy against Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

To have any chance at all of breaking a 27-game losing streak in the Six Nations, Paolo Garbisi must embody all the great Azzurri 10s that came before(...)

Johnny Sexton was clearly displeased to be substituted with ten minutes to go in the defeat to France in Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Les misérables defeat at Stade de France will fester alongside a label that is beginning to stick. Ireland hardly need reminding that their last subst(...)

Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll celebrates at the final whistle of the Six Nations Championship at Stade de France, Paris in 2014. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A Six Nations finale on a Halloween night that has banned trick or treating makes all the statistics feel redundant. Nevertheless, Ireland’s record at(...)

“In the times I’ve been there, and I’ve been there many times, that’s always been the way the locals have treated me.” Photo: William West/AFP/Getty Image

With both of his parents coming from north Lebanon, Michael Cheika has always been proud of his roots and, as a Unicef ambassador for Lebanon in Austr(...)

Emile Ntamack celebrates Toulouse’s victory over Munster with Frederic Michalak in April 2003. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

While reporting on the initial matches in Pool D of the 2007 World Cup, taking in a game between France and Namibia in Toulouse mightn’t seem like muc(...)

Six Nations 19/3/2000 France vs IrelandBrian O'Driscoll is surrounded by teamates�INPHO/Billy Stickland

There’s not much to celebrate these days but March 19th 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most seismic and memorable days in the history o(...)

Barry Daly makes a break for Leinster against BenettonGuinness at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Barry Daly’s rugby career could bring to mind the popular board game, ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ a volatile sequence of ups and downs. The 27-year-old Lein(...)

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