Devon Toner

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Ireland’s Craig Gilroy goes after a loose ball at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nine tries to one with two hat-tricks. Craig Gilroy scored his between the 68th minute and full time, which is one try every four minutes. And there w(...)

 Peter O’Mahony celebrates Ireland’s victory over Australia. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Maybe the measure of this autumn series was the arrival of Peter O’Mahony onto the pitch on 61 minutes. Or maybe it’s the fact scrumhalf Kieran Marmio(...)

People wait in line to view the coffin of  Anthony Foley in repose in St Flannan’s Church, Killaloe, Co Clare, ahead off his funeral today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Thousands of people attended the reposing of former Shannon, Munster and Ireland rugby player Anthony Foley in his home village of Killaloe, Co Clare(...)

Connacht  coach Pat Lam and centre Bundee Aki celebrate with the Pro12 trophy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I heard it described that Connacht took their chances. Not so. Connacht created their chances, which is the fundamental difference between what they a(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering the importance of our provincial derbies to the Guinness Pro12 and Europe, it’s the individual that has caught my attention. There’s no (...)

France’s Mathieu Bastareaud and Yoann Maestri bring Ireland hooker Rory Best crashing to the Millennium Stadium turf. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The risk is to list out all 23 Irish players and wax lyrical about their extraordinary performance. What harm? They were extraordinary and so too were(...)

Devon Toner is the most improved player in the Irish team. His defensive work against an intelligent Welsh lineout will once again be crucial.  Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Welsh attacking system is called, “Wazza ball”. Designed, conceived and implemented by Warren “Wazza” Gatland. Wales have been playing Wazza ball,(...)

Wasps’ James Haskell is no Vunipola but he does damage, partly because of his physique but mainly because of his attitude. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

‘I coulda’ been a contender,” laments Terry Malloy to his brother Charley ‘The Gent’. “Instead of a bum, which is what I am – let’s face it”. Marlon B(...)

South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen tries to stop Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: PA.

On 41 minutes and 39 seconds Devin Toner rose unopposed to field Seán Cronin’s lineout throw. Ireland had once again varied the target and this one(...)

Seán O’Brien scores Ireland’s second try against Samoa at the Aviva on Saturday in what was yet another powerhouse performance from the openside flanker. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán O’Brien is about the best forward in the northern hemisphere and is certainly the best forward we have at the breakdown. His technique in this ar(...)

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