Jordan Larmour:  further proof that Ireland should have built their attack around him  in 2019 was evident throughout his stunning performance against Northampton. Photograph:    Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Some subtle name dropping is required. No need to mention gold standard technical number eights like Kieran Read and Jamie Heaslip – Duane Vermeulen a(...)

Leo Cullen: “It was a tough period to get through,” said the 41-year-old. “It’s not something I’ll ever forget.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen laughs out loud as the darkest moment of a still fledgling coaching career gets reflected in a positive light. Four awfully long years ago(...)

 Faf de Klerk, Mazakole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira celebrate after the Rugby World Cup final win over England at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 32 England 12 Entering the last 15 minutes of South Africa’s third final, it seemed the Boks were set to complete a third World Cup triu(...)

New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett  makes a break during the Rugby World Cup Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 The significance of Ireland’s victory over Scotland on Sunday was heightened by the extraordinary spectacle the day be(...)

 New Zealand’s George Bridge scores the first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 Rumours of the champions impending demise may have proved premature. South Africa’s reinvention and rejuvenation unde(...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates his try: he finished his first game since January, having only returned to full training last week Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Munster 20 Toulon 19 Rock and roll rugby, the Munster and Thomond Park way. Munster rolled with the punches and Thomond Park rocked from the first mi(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates the try that gave Munster the win at Thomond Park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Munster 20 Toulon 19 In time-honoured fashion, a capacity Thomond Park crowd remained riveted from first minute to last, and made off into the evenin(...)

Simon Zebo: returns from injury for what will be his  farewell European game for Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster v Toulon, Thomond Park, Saturday, 3.15pm (Sky Sports) A monumental weekend for the Irish provinces and if it’s quarter-final time then Munste(...)

 Allister Coetzee: “They’re class acts, but we can’t just focus on Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton. There are other great players in the side as well.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The head coach of the Springboks, Allister Coetzee, has described Ireland as “the New Zealand of Europe”, highlighting in particular the “world-class”(...)

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