Gert Smal

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The Ireland team celebrate winning the Grand Slam at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Consulting, farming, coaching and media darlings aplenty, here are the 2009 Grand Slammers revisited. The campaign got off to a stunning start with J(...)

 Munster’s Gerbrandt Grobler  will make his first start for the province. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cardiff Blues v Munster Arms Park, 5.30pm – Sky Sports This fixture plays out against two interesting backdrops - the Cardiff Blues coaching problems(...)

While this may be a remodelled, more multi-racial Springboks which runs out into a virtual 46,000 sell-out at Newlands, with talk of a more expansive, ball-in-hand game – as former Irish forwards’ coach Gert Smal forecast when visiting the Irish team hotel during the week – some things will never change with a Springbok team.

Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. Kick-off: 5pm local time/4pm Irish time. On TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 HD. First off, as a rule, a game of rugby(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley will remain at the province until the end of the 2016-17 season at least. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In a striking statement of faith in their head coach at a time of difficulty after three defeats in a row, including a damaging loss to Leicester in t(...)

South African flanker Duane Vermeulen shakes hands with  Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal   after signing a three-year contract with the Top 14 club. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Former Ireland forwards coach Gert Smal has launched a stern rebuke to Duane Vermeulen over the manner of his signing with French giants Toulon. The S(...)

Victor Matfield on Paul O’Connell: “”You can see he puts in a lot of hours in analysing, preparing and getting his whole unit ready for the weekend. So it is always tough going up against him.” Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The importance of the lineout as a starter point in attack and also a key area when it comes to defence was at the nub of a question directed to South(...)

Anthony Foley has been named as the new coach of Munster. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Anthony Foley says his promotion to the head coaching job at Munster from next season will not consume him – as it’s what his life in rugby has(...)

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 (...)

John Plumtree: the former Natal Sharks coach is looking forward to working with Joe Schmidt and the Irish squad. Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

John Plumtree is looking forward to renewing old acquaintances. The newly appointed Ireland forwards’ coach, who moves here from Durban’s Natal Sharks(...)

The IRFU has appointed John Plumtree as forwards coach. Photograph: Stephen Barker/Inpho/Photosport

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has turned to fellow Kiwi John Plumtree to fill the forwards coach role left vacant by the departure of Gert Smal. The IRFU (...)

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