John Cooney

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Maxime Mbanda: ideally suited to the role of flanker and makes an impact in all aspects of that role. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Maxime Mbanda (Italy): Since making his debut against the USA in San Jose in 2016, the Rome-born flanker-cum number eight has accumulated 15 Test appe(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen will hope that his Irish internationals come through the Six Nations unscathed. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen played in two European all-Irish games - the 2009 semi-final win against Munster and 2012 final against Ulster. His thi(...)

Ulster’s John Cooney celebrates at the final whistle of the Champions Cup game against Leicester at Welford Road. photograph:   Gary Carr/Inpho

Leicester 13 Ulster 14 How Dan McFarland will look back at this match; stifling the gag reflex and with unfathomable pride. Ulster created a large si(...)

Geordan Murphy: Leicester have beaten Harlequins (35-24) and Gloucester (34-16) in their last two games since they made the Irishman full-time head coach. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers v Ulster, Welford Road, 3.15 (Live on BT Sport) Ulster stand on the threshold of qualification for the first time in five years, alt(...)

Tom Farrell offloads during Connacht’s defeat to Munster. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has named his 38-man Ireland squad, as his side look to defend their Six Nations crown. Ireland’s strength-in-depth is such that a number(...)

Joey Carbery inspired Munster to a comprehensive win over Gloucester at Kingsholm. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So far, so good. This weekend all four Irish provinces have their destiny in their own hands as they bid to make it into the knockout stages of Europe(...)

Leinster’s Jamison Gibson-Park and Andrew Porter celebrate a penalty being awarded to their side during last Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup match against Toulouse at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

Luke McGrath’s knee ligament damage sustained during Leinster’s victory over Toulouse will keep him sidelined for eight weeks and therefore largely ru(...)

Connacht’s Caolin Blade looks set to be included in the Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations matches. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Caolin Blade, the uncapped 24-year-old Connacht scrumhalf, is set to be included in the Irish squad for their defence of the forthcoming Six Nations w(...)

 Leinster’s Luke McGrath receives treatment in the win over Toulouse. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Luke McGrath will miss the Six Nations Championship after picking up a knee injury in Leinster’s Champions Cup victory over Toulouse at the weekend. T(...)

Racing’s Simon Zebo during the match in Belfast. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland tackled issues on two different fronts on Monday as he commented on Racing 92 winger Simon Zebo’s tweet in the afterma(...)

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