Italy’s fly half Tommaso Allan runs on his way to score a try during their international rugby union test match against Georgia in Florence last November.  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Mere mention of Michael Bradley provides a reminder of uncomplicated amateur rugby days. Bradley was Ireland’s scrumhalf more often than not from(...)

USA’s Ryan Matyas celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against the Maori All Blacks in Chicago on November 3rd. Photograph: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The USA, World Rugby’s giant bagel with cream cheese. Taking a bite has become CEO Brett Gosper’s favourite eating binge fantasy. Munster recently an(...)

Greg McWilliams: “Every coach I come across over here I tell them to forget systems; get your kids passing the ball and learn how to step off both feet. Skills, skills, skills”

The suggestion makes Greg McWilliams, US Eagles attack coach and father to new-born twins, laugh out loud. “I wouldn’t say I’m pitting myself against(...)

New Zealand players perform a haka during the Rugby Championship match between the All Blacks and the  Springboks at Westpac Stadium  in Wellington, New Zealand, last weekend. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

1. New Zealand Hubris is their only real opponent. Beauden Barrett and Damian McKenzie refusing to imitate Dan Carter, by dropping the simplest goal (...)

Greg McWilliams: “AJ was just class, his game management superb, kicked the ball really well and had a great assist for Hanco’s try.”

There was a distinct Irish influence in the USA’s 30-29 victory over Scotland in Houston on Saturday night. Trailing 21-6 just before half-time, the (...)

Greg McWilliams during his time coaching the Ireland women’s team in 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Greg McWilliams, former attack coach of the Ireland women’s team, has been named US Eagles men’s backs coach for their November tour of Europe. The U(...)

Coach Tom Tierney addresses the Ireland squad following the  5th Place play-off defeat to Australia at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Today in Belfast marks the end for a special group of Irish players. After the seventh place play-off against Wales, many of the 30-somethings are ex(...)

Ireland head coach Tom Tierney dejected after the defaet top France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Morale has never been so low. That is an achievement in itself by Ireland coach Tom Tierney. The ghosts of Lens 1999 seeped into the UCD Bowl last Thu(...)

Jamie Heaslip: the Ireland number eight is in contention to travel to the US and Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is to announce a squad of 30-plus players for the June tour of USA and Japan on Monday. Schmidt, who just returned from the(...)

Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Ipho

Those close to the St Michael’s College mainframe knew these heady days were coming. But how it all synced up this month was pretty special. On Decem(...)

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