Eddie Jones

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Ronan O’Gara is a big fan of Munster outhalf Jack Crowley and tried to sign him for La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Suppose the IRFU called Ronan O’Gara’s bluff back in 2003 and the young outhalf signed a $12 million deal to punt for the Miami Dolphins. Irish rugby (...)

London Irish’s Paddy Jackson kicks the conversion to level the match   at Twickenham Stoop, London. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Harlequins 27 London Irish 27 No wonder the growing consensus is that the show must go on. A thrilling weekend of Premiership fixtures was rounded of(...)

Paul O’Connell carries the ball during thr first Test against South Africa in 2009. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rarely, if ever, has rugby union been in greater need of a silver bullet to solve all its problems. As older readers will remember that was once the L(...)

The likes of Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola are key players for England who will not start their season with Saracens before the Six Nations gets underway. Photograph:  PA

Saracens’ season in the English Championship will not begin until March 6th, meaning England stars like Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Jamie George are (...)

 A memorial for NFL legend Junior Seau in San Diego, California. File photograph: Getty Images

Cautionary tale Junior Seau was the epitome of an NFL linebacker. A 12-time Pro Bowler for the Chargers, the Dolphins and the Patriots, Seau is the c(...)

Johnny Sexton spoke recently about the excellent work being done behind the scenes.  Maybe it’s time to allow the fans to see this. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I should be writing about the Scotland game. I really should. There are plenty of angles to dive into and examine. An attack shape is developing. Cael(...)

Last month nine players on a Leinster Pro14 squad all came from the same Dublin school, St Michael’s College. File photograph: Inpho

The machine gun turret freely wheeled these past few weeks strafing the rugby hinterland. Eddie Jones’s cheap shot at the Irish UN team, attack coach (...)

Is 2018 as good as it’s going to get for Ireland under  Performance Director David Nucifora? Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Amidst the euphoria of beating the All Blacks in Chicago four years ago, David Nucifora might well have glanced down from Trump Tower at the alchemy T(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton in action against Wales flanker Shane Lewis-Hughes   during the Autumn Nations Cup  match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

These are uncertain times indeed, and while there are countless bigger issues in the world, this is certainly true for the 90 or so players whose cont(...)

 Mako Vunipola gets over to score England’s second try during the  Autumn Nations Cup against Wales at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/Inpho

Wales 13 England 24 England booked their place in the Autumn Nations Cup final by beating battling Wales 24-13 at Parc y Scarlets. Eddie Jones’s men(...)

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