James Ryan (right) with Leinster team-mate Tadgh Furlong following their Champions Cup defeat to Saracens at St James’ Park, Newcastle, last Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland

It is a measure of the esteem in which James Ryan is held by his peers that the 22-year-old Leinster and Irish lock has become the youngest player to (...)

Jacob Stockdale scores a try against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in November.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

How to follow that? Jacob Stockdale cannot, in all likelihood, emulate his achievements of last year’s rookie Championship campaign when scoring seven(...)