Gordon D Arcy

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Adult whooper swan showing characteristic yellow beak markings. Photograph courtesy of Simon Stirrup

Two contrasting moments at Lough Beg: from a hill in Co Derry, already half-removed for earthworks, giant diggers are heaping up the bed of a new moto(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

Leinster’s Rocky Elsom bursts through the Leicester  defence during the 19-16 win in the 2009 Heineken Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Rocky Elsom’s biographer wastes no time entering the realm of hagiography. “Rocky is like a modern day renaissance man, a Leonardo da Vinci in studs,(...)

The Pro14 trophy outside Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s time for one last dance. An epic, frustrating, but ultimately enjoyable rugby season comes to an end on Saturday evening. Defending Pro14 champi(...)

  Rob Kearney celebrates at the final whistle after the battle with Clermont in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

April 2012. Someway, somehow we kept out Clermont Auvergne under blazing Bordeaux sun. Walking back down the tunnel at Stade Chaban-Delmas that unmist(...)

Johnny Sexton trains ahead of Leinster’s Heineken Cup final clash with Saracens. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It feels like a lifetime ago since Leinster began the defence of their Champions Cup crown with a 52-3 thrashing of Wasps on Friday, October 12th. Th(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton dejected after defeat in Cardiff. ‘The frustrations are real. You can see it on senior players’ faces.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Doubt has forever been the nemesis of confidence. Steve Hansen’s comment from November came into my mind last Saturday in Cardiff. Steve was very ser(...)

 George North of Wales scores the first try during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff in March  2017. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

There is a bus story from 2005 that Mike Ruddock likes to tell and retell, as is his right forever more. “I remember talking to Reggie Corrigan about(...)

Joe Schmidt is going into his final Six Nations match as Ireland coach. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

In the protracted build-up to the 2019 Six Nations, it always seemed likely Saturday’s clash between Ireland and Wales in Cardiff would decide the des(...)

Johnny Sexton of Ireland is tackled by Kieran Read of New Zealand. Both players emphatically rejected proposal of a new World League.  Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

The system, quite clearly, is broken. What’s blindingly obvious is the need to establish a global calendar before any World League and lucrative broa(...)

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