Garry Ringrose has started to take a leadership role for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leaders Ryan and Ringrose Leaders are made not born, so they say, but James Ryan looks to be bucking that trend as well as everything else. He always(...)

Willie Duggan: a talisman for club, province and country. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

William Patrick Duggan Born: March 12th, 1950 Died: August 28th, 2017 Willie Duggan, who has died aged 67, was an outstanding rugby player, among the(...)

I do expect a subtler performance from Jack McGrath in managing Rabah Slimani. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So Leinster’s superb win last Friday put paid to my musings regarding playing Josh van der Flier against France. Mind you, van der Flier could be r(...)

Dejected looking Ireland players after the Six Nations defeat to France at Parc de France last month. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

In 1996, 20 years ago almost to the day, the first game of professional rugby was played. It was between the New South Wales Waratahs and the Transvaa(...)

Paul O’Connell is stretchered off at half-time after receiving a serious leg injury during Ireland’s pool match against France at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Amid the prevailing end-of-year doom and gloom, lest we forget that was the year that produced the greatest World Cup ever – as well as Super Saturday(...)

The opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium in London. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

And so it is upon us: the rugby man’s season of heaven on earth. Autumn of 2015 and here we stand in the vague hope that Ireland can become champions (...)

“Ireland played great footy and deserved to win (last November), but the kicking was way too much. That’s not how we play. The mindset is a massive difference.”

The Six Nations is the pinnacle of European international rugby. The greats of the game, leapt to the world’s attention through their actions in the c(...)

 Tom Grace is the new Chairman of the Lions Board. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The British & Irish Lions today announced the appointment of Tom Grace as the new chairman of the Lions Board. He succeeds Gerald Davies who had o(...)