Denis Hickie

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Terenure College fullback Patsakorn Kidd runs in a try during the  Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup first-round game at Donnybrook. Photograph:  Ben Whitley/Inpho

Terenure College 13 St Mary’s College 5 The last time Terenure touched the Leinster Schools Senior Cup was in 2003, for their 10th title. St Mary’s(...)

 Felipe Contepomi, (centre) celebrates with  Denis Hickie (left) and Will Green after Leinster’s  victory over Toulouse in the  Heineken Cup quarter-final at  Stade Municipal  in Toulouse in April 2006. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Heineken Cup quarter-final, Toulouse 35-41 Leinster, Municipal Stadium, Toulouse – April 2006 Denis Hickie versus Vincent Clerc, the ultimate sprinte(...)

Leinster players celebrate after the win over Racing 92. Three years after my career has ended at least I know the changing room will stay lodged in my mind until I’m old and grey.  Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

When Remi Tales’ drop goal frisbeed into the crowd I was taken back to the best feeling in the world . . . Going up to get the trophy is always speci(...)

Fear of further failure fuelled Leinster’s Heineken Cup victory over Leicester in 2009. File photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster never needed to lose a final to learn how to win a final. There had been enough suffering by the time we got to Murrayfield in 2009. Leo Cul(...)

Scott Williams scores during the Scarlets’ win over La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster meet the Scarlets in the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. The ground will be full, as it would be (...)

Jamie Heaslip lifts the Heineken Cup after the win over Leicester at Murrayfield in May 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will walk on the pitch before Leinster v Saracens. “Mick Dawson told me this morning they are at just south of 50,000.” Imagine they b(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong supported by Iain Henderson goes on a charge against England at Twickenham during Six Nations match. Photograph: Inpho

Denis Hickie told a cool story one time on a podcast about professional rugby being a young sport still. He found himself one day back in the 2000s wa(...)

 Jacob Stockdale scores one of his tries against Italy. Photograph; Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

 The fearless rookie setting flame to a tournament is rare alchemy. Sporting comparisons to Jacob Stockdale’s head-spinning arrival are joys to (...)

The Ireland team celebrate winning the Grand Slam at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Consulting, farming, coaching and media darlings aplenty, here are the 2009 Grand Slammers revisited. The campaign got off to a stunning start with J(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton arrives for a  training session at Carton House.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Ireland tend not to do penultimate games well after winning three from three, leading as it does to idle talk in the air of a Grand Slam. Perhaps that(...)

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