Ian Mcgeechan

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 Keith Earls in action for the British and Irish Lions in 2009. The Munster man did not feature in the preceding Six Nations tournament for Ireland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Keith Earls and Alan Quinlan share a unique distinction pertaining to the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa in that of the original 37-man squad select(...)

Warren Gatland has again been confirmed as the British and Irish Lions head coach. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Warren Gatland has been confirmed as the British and Irish Lions coach again for next year’s daunting tour to New Zealand. Unveiled in a press confe(...)

Warren Gatland with Neil Jenkins during the successful Lions tour of 2013. Photograph: Getty

The selection of a British and Irish Lions coach seldom involves a trip into the less trodden grass of left field. For years it was largely a matter o(...)

 Pat Lam: ‘We must make the most of the day. You can’t come off with regrets.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having dethroned the champions, you wouldn’t have thought it could get any tougher. But if Connacht are to reach their holy grail of a first trophy in(...)

  Pat Lam: “You’ve got a pretty good attacking team versus a quality defensive team. I said it before the last time we played them. The weather forecast is great, but the biggest thing is around making sure that you make the most of the day. You can’t come off with regrets.”

On the eve of the first final in the province’s 131 year history, Pat Lam has declared no fresh injury concerns arising out of their semi-final win ov(...)

Joe Schmidt is bidding to take this Irish team to an unprecedented third successive Six Nations title.

Coach: Joe Schmidt Since taking over in 2013, New Zealander Schmidt has made himself into somewhat of a Six Nations specialist, leading Ireland to (...)

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his retirement from international rugby. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his retirement from international rugby. The Racing 92 player appeared in 99 Tests — 94 for Wales and fi(...)

David Nucifora, IRFU, performance director, is leading the review into Ireland’s World Cup displays. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The post Rugby World Cup (RWC) review into the Irish team performance in Cardiff and London last month will be completed by the end of November. The(...)

Leigh Halfpenny was injured during Wales’ final Rugby World Cup warm-up game against Italy at the Millenium Stadium. Photograph: Reuters

Shane Williams has questioned Wales coach Warren Gatland’s decision to field Leigh Halfpenny against Italy on Saturday in a move that backfired, with (...)

Jonathan Sexton celebrates with Jared Payne after the Ulster back scored his first try for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Sydney Morning Herald website chose not to put their own twist on the headline of the syndicated copy from England’s Daily Telegraph, that summed(...)

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