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Ireland  attack coach Mike Catt   must feel like Elizabeth Taylor’s seventh husband. He knows what to do, he is just not sure he can make it stimulating or entertaining. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

At the Battle of Cannae on the Adriatic coast of Italy, in 216 BC, the legendary Carthaginian General Hannibal defeated the largest Roman army ever as(...)

Jacob Stockdale during Ireland training at the  IRFU High Performance Centre, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The same hymn sheet is doing the rounds in Ireland camp. “Heads up” rugby being the phrase of the week with Jacob Stockdale and Garry Ringrose empower(...)

A crowd of 31,000 watched the first Bledisloe Cup match in Wellington. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP via Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby is expecting a “near-capacity” crowd of some 47,000 to pack into Auckland’s Eden Park for the second Bledisloe Cup international aga(...)

A sprinkle of positives results from Monday morning tests at Munster HQ in the University of Limerick could derail this weekend’s interpros. File photograph: Inpho

All eyes on Munster tests Rugby being cancelled in New Zealand just as it returns to Ireland is a sure sign that we will be feeling around in the dar(...)

Crusaders perform the haka before the  Super Rugby Aotearoa clash against the Highlanders at  Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Inpho

Thirteen minutes into last Saturday’s New Zealand Super Rugby Aotearoa match in Christchurch, the Crusaders trailed the Highlanders by 7-0 and had don(...)

Jonah Lomu runs through the Ireland defence at Ellis Park in Johannesburg during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Black teenager, dead at 40, Jonah Lomu did plenty of living in between. Johannesburg May 27th, 1995 is where and when rugby gets divided into two(...)

Beauden Barrett of the Blues signs autographs after a match against the Hurricanes at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

In the illustrious history of The Irish Times, I am quite sure that no article on rugby has ever started with a quote from the brilliant Canadian-born(...)

Dan Carter in action for Kobe Steelers in January. The 38-year-old is reported to be poised to sign for the Auckland Blues on a short-term replacement contract. Photograph: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

As with the return to action of the Bundesliga a fortnight ago, all eyes in the rugby world will be focused on the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition in(...)

 Morne Du Plessis leads out his team against the British Lions in 1980 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

No issue has divided or caused more controversy in rugby than apartheid, and specifically the sport’s links with South Africa and the Springboks while(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander, Andrew Porter and James Ryan during the anthems before their defeat to Japan at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A worrying picture is beginning to form of this Ireland pack being ranked below previous Irish versions at World Cups. That theory can be altered over(...)

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