Ian Henderson

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England’s lock Maro Itoje wins the ball at the lineout during the victory over Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

When Joe Schmidt makes the next cut for Japan bar Cian Healy and Rob Kearney no one starting last Saturday is safe, especially the leadership. Howeve(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong with David Denton and Pete Horne of Scotland during last year’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland won 28-8. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

One of the issues that spooked Irish players this week was questions about the Rugby World Cup (RWC) later this year. Sensitivities sharpened after de(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Beirne against the USA. His ability and value is obvious even when the system stuttered as the USA asked some probing questions. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

How does one impress? Is it the brilliant individual that forces his way into the RWC 2019 squad? I mused on Friday that an insight into a team’s cult(...)

Niall Scannell: is a significant threat to Rory Best as Ireland hooker given his command of the basics and his exceptional ball carrying ability. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The most important player on the pitch is often not the best player on the pitch; elite sport brings its vagaries that require balance in units and te(...)

Devin Toner made a big impact coming off the replacements bench against the Pumas. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey This being the Ireland team we think Joe Schmidt will name, it won’t be the side that takes the field against New Zealand next Saturd(...)

Paddy Jackson leaving Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Paddy Jackson Paddy Jackson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in January 1992 before moving to Birmingham with his family when his father got a j(...)

Ireland’s flanker Dan Leavy reacts his side’s defeat of France at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:   Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Back in 2009, St Michael’s faced an all-conquering Clongowes Wood team in the quarter-finals of the Leinster Schools Junior Cup. Clongowes, powered by(...)

 Paddy Jackson: the Ulster and Ireland rugby player was originally due to give evidence last week but snow, and a sick juror, delayed proceedings. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters/File photo

Paddy Jackson claims he was “the happiest man in Belfast” on June 27th, 2016. The rugby star had just returned from an international tour with the Iri(...)

Home-grown talent Tiernan O’Halloran in action for Connacht against Ulster at the  Sportsground as team-mate Niyi Adeleokun, who was born in Nigeria, looks on. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There may have been a few gasps at the breadth of Connacht’s win over Ulster in their Christmas meeting in Galway. That scalp and the possibilities fo(...)

Ulster captain Iain Henderson is tackled by Tim Visser. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Harlequins 5 Ulster 17 In the midst of a blizzard Harlequins’ European hopes were blown away. They were outthought and outfought by an Ulster side wh(...)

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