Joe Schmidt

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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall pictured before the Heineken Champions Cup match against Racing 92  at Allianz Park back in January. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

The life and times of Mark McCall will always be connected to Saracens FC. That also means the Bangor native is tainted by a level of disgrace attaina(...)

 Ulster coach Dan McFarland: ”I have a love of the contact, of collective speed, that the system lasts longer at a persistent speed than the opposition.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are several ways to interpret Ulster’s awful restart. They appear to be mired in pre-season mode. At least the halfbacks cannot mess up the fund(...)

Brian O’Driscoll scores a try in the Six Nations Championship game between Ireland and France on February 7th, 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll had barely turned 20 when he announced himself to the world in his rookie season with that hat-trick in Paris. He was only 21 when he(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls gets over in the corner for a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 27 Munster 25 There was a touching moment during the early skirmishes of Irish rugby’s successful relaunch at the Aviva. After CJ Stander ro(...)

“In the times I’ve been there, and I’ve been there many times, that’s always been the way the locals have treated me.” Photo: William West/AFP/Getty Image

With both of his parents coming from north Lebanon, Michael Cheika has always been proud of his roots and, as a Unicef ambassador for Lebanon in Austr(...)

According to reports over the weekend, World Rugby are seemingly offering Joe Schmidt a new role. File photograph: Inpho

Schmidt - Act II Looks like Joe Schmidt has an employment opportunity that would keep him in Dublin while encouraging a deep dive into the mechanics (...)

Principality Stadium in Cardiff. There are few if any better places in the world to enjoy a big rugby match. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Descending from the valleys like red-clad wildebeest, they squeeze into Cardiff’s watering holes, cheek by jowl with friend and foe in heady anticipat(...)

Jack O’Donoghue during Munster’s training session at UL on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

Jack O’Donoghue is in his sixth season on Munster’s first-team squad, and he’s played 118 games, so it’s easy enough to forget he’s still only 26. He (...)

The IRFU reportedly intends to shave off 20 per cent of player salaries in order to save €13 million. File photograph: Inpho

Battle lines drawn ‘Everyone In’ - the sponsorship slogan poured down our throats this past year is ridiculed by the IRFU’s failure to communicate di(...)

Joe Schmidt has suggested  a biennial Test  match between between the winners of the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has suggested a “biennial” north versus south Test match to decide the number one team on the planet. Every two years the Six Nations ch(...)

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