Ian Mckinley

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Nigel Owens awards England a penalty try against France as Geoffrey Doumatrou contests the decision. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

Cost of a penalty try too high It’s a personal grumble but it is time for World Rugby to re-examine and possibly rethink the sport’s ultimate double (...)

Benetton’s Ratuva Tavuyara scores a try against Ulster in the Guinness Pro 14 game at the Kingspan stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster 17 Benetton Rugby 17 Ulster certainly came back to earth with a resounding crash after their European heroics of the previous two weeks and, y(...)

Ulster flyer Robert Baloucoune starts on the wing against Benetton. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pro14, Ulster v Bennetton Rugby, Friday January 25th, Ravenhill (kick-off 7.35pm) Ulster’s Champions Cup match-winner Robert Baloucoune retains his p(...)

 Cillian Willis in action for  Sale  during the LV= Cup semi-final against  Saracens at  Salford City Stadium in  March, 2013.  Photograph: Paul Thomas/Getty Images

Sale Sharks have released a statement “concerning litigation” between the club and former player Cillian Willis, the ex-Leinster scrumhalf who was for(...)

Munster outhalf Ian Keatley is set to join Benetton Rugby next season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster outhalf Ian Keatley is set to end his eight-year stay at the province and join Italian side Benetton Rugby next season according to a report i(...)

Jordan Larmour scores Ireland’s  fourth try during the match against Italy in Chicago. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 54 Italy 7 Italian job done yet again. It may have taken a while but as so often happens in modern rugby the superior team reaps its rewards (...)

Ian McKinley in action for Treviso against Cardiff Blues. “I’m  an international rugby player now. No-one can ever take that away.”  Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Since his early teens he dreamed of lining up in front of the Irish flag, listening to Ireland's Call before representing his country in the sport he (...)

Joey Carbery gets in some kicking practice durin Ireland’s captain’s run at Soldier Field, Chicago on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Soldier Field, Chicago. On TV: Live on eirSport. Kick-off: 3pm local time/8pm Irish. Ireland return to the scene of, arguably, their(...)

 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(...)

Joey Carbery and Kieran Marmion will look forward to gaining valuable international game time in their respective positions over the next month. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When World Rugby’s vice-chairman Agustin Pichot and CEO Brett Gosper recently described non-tournament Tests as “friendlies”, it was a decidedly disin(...)

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