Eddie O Sullivan

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Toulon Rugby owner Mourad Boudjellal   celebrates  his team’s Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Leinster at the Felix Mayol Stadium in Toulon. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

The essence is in part aspirational, a glossy, Panini sticker-album feel, to the playing roster at Toulon. Club president and multi-millionaire(...)

Barbarians coach Mike Ruddock and Clontarf coach Andy Wood. “We will take it any way we get it. Thank goodness for Garryowen. We just knew that we had to win and hope that Garryowen would do us a favour,” said a delighted Wood following his team’s league title win. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After all of their near misses and bad luck, Clontarf finally got the break they needed to capture the Ulster(...)

Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll: “I have no ill-will towards Warren (Gatland).

Brian O’Driscoll’s career has spanned the Six Nations ever since the world’s oldest tournament assumed its current incarnation in 2000. Such has been (...)

Mark McCafferty  announces changes to the Super Duper Cup format whereby English and French sides will henceforth have two extra players on the pitch, giving them 17-a-side.

JanuaryLeinster, Munster and Ulster reach knockout stages of the Heineken Cup but are all paired away from home in the quarter-finals. The Welsh regio(...)

David Wallace massaged by Willie Bennett at the Ireland rugby training camp in 2001: “Nobody actually believes me that this actually happened. They think that I set it up, that I put on a tape or something and got them to pose for it. But genuinely I just happened to be in the room and it came on the television. It was a complete happy coincidence. They weren’t paying any attention to me, they were just working away. Willie was giving him a massage and there was different stuff on the TV. And then this shot came up and obviously when they saw it, they started laughing.”

The All Blacks were coming, coming. Tacking their merciless way down towards the Havelock Square end. Aside from the referee and the 15 Irish men tryi(...)

Paul O’Connell and his team-mates show their devastation after the final whistle. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The one that got away alright. From trepidation, to hope, to excitement, to belief intermingled with continuing doubt, to genuine belief, and then dej(...)

British and Irish Lions baggage master  Rala O’Reilly with Donncha O'Callaghan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘Enjoy all of this, guys, because blink and it will be over’. It was the eve of the Grand Slam match against Wales in the Millennium Stadium. We were (...)

Former Ireland rugby manager Eddie O’Sullivan is among the initial set of inductees.

KATHRYN HAYESAsports hall of fame honouring some of the University of Limerick’s most high profile graduates and members of staff was unveiled at the (...)

Paul O’Connell in action during Ireland’s training session at Carton House in Co Kildare yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Renewal is Joe Schmidt; a change of backdrop, a more intensely nerdy approach and a different kind of bollocking for the troops. It makes a difference(...)

British and Irish Lions Tommy Bowe tackles  Australia’s  Joe Tomane during the second Test. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He won’t like the description, but aside from recovering from a broken hand Tommy Bowe is also becoming something of an old hand at this big-game lark(...)

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