Isaac Boss

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Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are the most decorated Irish half-back pairing ever in international rugby. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Teams evolve. So it was that when the Grand Slammers of 2009, Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell et al, retired, it turned out not to be the end of t(...)

Jamison Gibson-Park warms up at Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for Leinster’s Guinness Pro14 match against Southern Kings in November. Photograph: Richard Huggard/Inpho

Next year, May turning to June will become the feast of the residency rule in the land of a thousand welcomes. The wrecking balls and dog whistles wi(...)

Ulster’s John Cooney: “If you’re happy in your environment then I think it makes a big difference on the pitch.”  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The journey has taken him to three provinces. But John Cooney seems now to have arrived more than ever, his first three games in the Pro14 adding emph(...)

 Conor Murray: winning a European Cup with Munster would be a real highlight in an already memorable career. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Thirty five minutes into Munster’s game against the Cheetahs eight days ago at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, James Hart was undergoing a concuss(...)

Bundee Aki at an  Ireland  training session in  Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

People of a certain vintage will remember John Sullivan’s sitcom Citizen Smith, – he also wrote Only Fools and Horses – where Robert Lindsay played th(...)

An emotional Ruan Pienaar after his last game for Ulster against Leinster at the  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Well, Ruan Pienaar’s hugely emotional farewell proved it, as if it needed proving. Too choked with tears to even put into words how he felt in the i(...)

David Wallace, with support from Mick O’Driscoll, in action against Wasps:  “That bond, you have that for years. You leave and you are leaving that behind.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Our notions of them are swollen and oversized. Heroic players, lionised in their 20s, venerated in their 30s and occasionally one or two declared lege(...)

Luke McGrath: “It’s going to be a massive challenge but you’re only going to learn from playing these guys.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

When Eoin Reddan followed Isaac Boss into retirement over the summer, it left the door to the Leinster number nine jersey ajar. Despite the arrival of(...)

Donnacha Ryan, Conor Murray and Keith Earls all attended St Munchin’s College in Limerick which leads the way with seven in providing senior internationals among the last 100 players to be capped by Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The American comedian Stephen Colbert once observed: “Facts matter not at all, perception is everything. It’s certainty.” It came to mind when thinki(...)

Eoin Reddan in Port Elizabeth during Ireland’s tour of South Africa. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The list of achievements along with his durability and longevity over a 15-year professional career says much about both the finely honed skills and r(...)

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