Mike Catt will join the Irish coaching team after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mike Catt is to join the Ireland coaching team in the wake of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and ahead of the 2020 Six Nations, the IRFU has confirmed. Cat(...)

Italy assistant coach  Mike Catt is set to join Ireland as attack coach after the World Cup. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Mike Catt is expected to join Ireland as attack coach after the Rugby World Cup. Catt, who is presently part of Conor O’Shea’s Italy set-up, will be(...)

Andy Farrell: “As for England missing out on a brilliant homegrown coach, I am almost filled with despair,” wrote former World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A hike out from London city, the wooded Pennyhill Park Hotel was England’s 120 acre, 2015 World Cup bolthole. Nestled into the folds of suburban Surr(...)

 Will Spencer of Leicester   tackles  Tommy Taylor of Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, UK. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

You can hear the referee say to the TMO during Leicester’s match against Wasps at the weekend that the tackle by Will Spencer was “high” and “was forc(...)

Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong at Leinster training. The handling by forwards has been key to  Leinster’s expansive style of play. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Players abhor a vacuum where apathy may lurk. Instead there needs to be a focus on the mechanics of performance to eke out a win, something definite, (...)

Jack McGrath featured in all three Lions Tests against the All Blacks. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

There is uniformity to how most players appraise a Lions tour, alighting on new friendships and strong bonds, and the latest iteration seems to have p(...)

“A massive amount of work has gone into it and a couple of the six weeks I had before the tour probably stood to me. I did an awful amount of work and conditioning and fitness and strengthening and everything in that time. I feel very good. I feel very fast and strong.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At last we have seen Sean O’Brien fully fit and at full tilt. With that has come his first win over the All Blacks in seven attempts and now a crack a(...)

 Vinny Hammond records a Lions training session in Queenstown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Lions are a machine, and they’ve needed to be. To transport 41 players, plus add-ons, and up to around 40 support staff and some 20 tonnes of lugg(...)

 Alun Wyn Jones  shakes hands with TJ Perenara  after winning thesecond Test in Wellington. Photograph:  Hannah Peters/Getty Images

There’ll probably be raised eyebrows at the decision by the Lions to take a couple of days off and sample the delights and activities of Queenstown in(...)

Sean O’Brien in action against New Zealand on Saturday. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Sean O’Brien is free to play for the Lions in next Saturday’s momentous third test series decider against the All Blacks after the citing against him (...)

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