Ian Madigan

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Conor Murray and Kieran Marmion: the Connacht scrumhalf   has had the misfortune of being an unused replacement on six occasions for Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

England’s head coach Eddie Jones lists them as ‘finishers’ on his team sheet, other coaches choose more traditional terminology. But there is universa(...)

Munster’s Joey Carbery: 'He gets it; he gets the game. He knows what he wants from people around him, and he’s not afraid to say it, which is great.' Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Although a slew of frontline players have, as expected, been retained in Dublin with the games against Argentina and New Zealand in mind, there is sti(...)

 Owen Farrell in action for Saracens in their Champions Cup match at Allianz Park, London, on October 20th. Photograph:   Steven Paston/PA Wire

Enough is enough Is this the moment rugby finally eats itself? The dinner table has certainly been set. Recently, information leaked from Saracens t(...)

Lima Sopoaga: “I do think that things are starting to change and players are starting to wise up. They realise that it’s a business these days.” Photograph: Joe Allison/Inpho/Photosport

When Johnny Sexton looks across the scrum to Lima Sopoaga tonight, he may think to himself ‘yep know how you feel’. Wasps’ marquee summer signing pla(...)

Stade Français’ Paris French centre Gael Fickou eludes Racing 92 number eight Antonie Claassen during the French Top 14 clash at Jean-Bouin Stadium in Paris. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Donnacha Ryan enjoyed the bragging rights after Sunday’s Parisian duel in the French Top 14 as he helped Racing 92 to a 17-16 victory over a Stade Fra(...)

Racing 92’s  Simon Zebo scoring  a try against  Castres on Saturday  at the Paris La Defense Arena in Nanterre. Photograph:  Getty Images

There’s a scene during Amazon Prime’s watchable All or Nothing: All Blacks documentary where Steve Hansen and his wife Natasha are in the back garden (...)

Munster’s Arno Botha is tackled by Sam Simmonds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

With nine internationals in the starting line up, Exeter Chiefs produced just enough to continue a pre-season winning streak in this hotly disputed cl(...)

“You better not cry,” Honor goes. Yeah, no, this is when we’re about 20 miles outside of Tralee. And I’m there, “I’m hordly likely to cry, Honor.” S(...)

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell is believed to be the IRFU’s Plan B  if Ulster position is not filled by the start of the season. Photograph: Inpho

At face value, Ulster seem set to start off next season in an even bigger mess than they were at times last season. Their new head coach, Dan McFarlan(...)

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora at a media briefing in Sydney ahead of Ireland’s final Test match against Australia. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All roads, and the IRFU’s primary playing strategy, lead toward the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Rightly so, too. The Ireland international squad is the m(...)

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