Peter O’Mahony: “There’s a Scarlets look about them, which is very impressive and means they’re very dangerous across the board.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sometimes the person that lurks beneath a sportsperson’s public persona becomes visible, their thoughts and words offering a genuine counterpoint to (...)

Robbie Henshaw scores against Italy, injuring his shoulder in the process. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The injury legacy from Ireland’s 56-19 victory over Italy at the Aviva stadium took the gloss off the occasion. Eight tries is a decent return – the p(...)

Leinster’s Jordi Murphy, James Lowe and Josh van der Flier applaud their fans after the Champions Cup win over Montpellier. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a curious weekend where the standard of rugby was occasionally compromised by adverse weather and perhaps a little pressure and anxiety that cr(...)

Ulster outhalf Christian Lealiifano is playing his final game for the province before returning to Australia.  Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Wasps v Ulster, Ricoh Arena, Sunday, 3.15 - Live on BT Sport Craig Gilroy’s fractured cheekbone sustained in the victory over La Rochelle is the late(...)

Rose Byrne: mans the outhalf berth for Leinster against Montpellier. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Montpellier v Leinster, Altrad Stadium, Saturday, 1.0, Irish time - Live on Sky Sports Leo Cullen’s uncanny judgement in rotating players without com(...)

In what was a largely excellent weekend for the Irish provinces, Leinster, Munster and Ulster in the Champions Cup with the prospect that the other pr(...)

Andrew Conway impedes Leinster’s James Lowe, leading to a penalty try and a yellow card against the Munster player during the Pro14 game at Thomond Park on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Discipline was a common conversational theme in the post-match debrief following Munster’s 39-13 victory over Connacht at Thomond Park with an insight(...)

Jack McGrath leading his team out as Leinster captain against Munster: 'It was a massive honour and a bit of a surprise to be honest.' Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The GPS unit is rugby’s all-seeing eye, there’s no escaping or disputing the numbers as it monitors the physical output of players in training and mat(...)

 Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell   celebrates with team-mate Gareth Steenson (left) after scoring a  try during the Aviva Premiership semi-final against Saracens at Sandy Park.  Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Strip bare the pageantry, the Tomahawk Chop chant, inflatable or foam replicas, drums, the Red Indian nomenclature that extends to the club’s name, th(...)

 Gareth Steenson:  “We are very excited about the game. We know we have to be on our mettle but we feel we are in a good place.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Once upon a time, well 2005 to be precise, there were two young outhalves who competed for the Ireland number 10 jersey at the Under-21 Rugby World C(...)

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