Ian Henderson

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Ireland’s Andrew Trimble goes past the tackle of Scotland’s Stuart Hogg to score his side’s first try during yesterday’s Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

To belittle the performance because of a lack of perfection is everyone’s prerogative. But in Joe Schmidt’s first outing, the winning of the match was(...)

Iain Henderson, seen here  beating England Saxons captain Calum Clark to a  lineout ball  at Kingsholm Stadium last week, could force his way into the senior Ireland reckoning. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“There is no more mortal poison than indifference”. Irish Times columnist Lara Marlowe, reflecting on French President François Hollande in her piece (...)

Last Sunday evening I kept wondering why Seattle Seahawks avoided the quarterback throw and insisting on running the ball as their Seán O’Brien, runni(...)

“I recall Robert De Niro’s portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull and can’t but help think of Martin Moore (and Stephen Archer et al) as they learn their trade.” Photograph: Donall Farmer

According to playwright Diane Grant, it’s better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction. I’m not sure Grant had power plays in p(...)

Good footballers bounce back, the weaker ones don’t. For Ulster coach Mark Anscombe it is  about managing players like outhalf Paddy Jackson through  the good and the bad times. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye.

Sometimes the impression given of Ulster, largely by the questions asked, is they are worthy but dull. Trouper professionals and ambitious, but button(...)

John Afoa: looks set to recover from his hamstring injury for Saturday’s final.  Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

This being the last week of the domestic season, mind games between the rival New Zealand coaches, desperate to capture the Rabo Direct Pro 12 (...)

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