Michael Kearney, Keith Wood, Joe Schmidt and Andy Farrell arrive to view the coffin of Munster Rugby head coach Anthony Foley in repose in St.Flannan’s Church, Killaloe in Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan has described Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley as a “phenomenal” rugby player and said his death is a “dreadful loss”. O’Su(...)

Anthony Foley hands off a tackle from Iain Balshaw at Twickenham in 2004. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Anthony Foley and a couple of other names we all know well were responsible for creating the Munster culture. These men were responsible for building(...)

Anthony Foley, Peter Stringer and Mick Galwey in 2001. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/INPHO

People have taken to social media to pay tribute and share their memories of former Irish rugby player Anthony Foley after his sad passing at the age (...)

Anthony Foley of Munster is tackled by Victor Costello of the rest of Ireland during a friendly in 2001. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

It began with a rumour out of St Munchin’s College in Limerick. Brendan Foley’s son. Shannon had him for their glory years – the four-in-a-row. And th(...)

Leinster’s Joey Carbery: the Glasgow game was only his third cap for Leinster, but now he knows what he can and cannot get away with. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rarely do I want to talk rugby, never mind seek someone out to chat specifically about it. I loved playing for 23 years, I now enjoy writing about it(...)

Luke Fitzgerad: suffered a litany of series injuries which curtailed the number of Test caps he won to 35, one more than his dad, Des. Photograph: Alan Betson

Luke Fitzgerald, lost to rugby at 28, was so rare a talent that Leinster signed him to a full professional contract straight from school. Within six (...)

Grenoble’s head coach Bernard Jackman arriving for  the club’s home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final clash with Connacht last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

More Irish coaches are cutting their teeth abroad than ever before, and with Anthony Foley and Leo Cullen heading largely indigenous tickets at Munste(...)

  Josh Van der Flier in action against England. All three of Ireland’s new caps are capable of having  a bigger impact on the game. Photo:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

I smashed my forearm to smithereens playing Italy in 2008. Three invasive surgeries later and the eight fractures had not healed properly so I was fo(...)

Jamie Heaslip: “If you are an Irishman and you’re playing tiddlywinks against an Englishman, or chess or scrabble, you want to beat him.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At face value, it looks like the toughest fixture this season’s RBS Six Nations itinerary can throw up. England, rejuvenated under Eddie Jones, are tw(...)

England’s frontrow Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley and Alex Corbisiero celebrate a scrum penalty awarded against Ireland in the 2012 St Patrick’s Day massacre

St Patrick’s Day 2012. Mike Ross departs, broken, by half-time. Six minutes later Philip Matthews, a durable blindside and Ireland captain through so(...)

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