John O Sullivan

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RBS 6 Nations Championship, Twickenham:  England vs Ireland and  Ireland’s Stuart McCloskey debut. Photograph:  INPHO/Dan Sheridan

CJ Stander, Ultan Dillane, Stuart McCloskey, Josh van der Flier, Finlay Bealham, Niall Scannell, Andrew Conway, Jordan Larmour and Jack Carty share a (...)

 Connacht’s Gavin Thornbury wins the lineout ahead of Rory Arnold during their defeat to Toulouse at the  Sportsground.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gavin Thornbury made 26 tackles in Connacht’s 21-7 Heineken Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse in the Sportsground, an impressive tally for a secondrow,(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy played two of their interpro derbies over the festive period. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s National Player Management Programme is much admired outside the country, or certainly appears to be given how often it gets an airing from (...)

Jack McCaffrey: “I don’t think he [Farrell] is under any illusions about the pressure-cooker environment he is coming into. He is a fantastic fella to deal with it in my experience. I think he will fly it.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jack McCaffrey didn’t see it coming when he sat down at the Innisfails GAA club on a Saturday in late November. Summoned to a meeting of the Dublin sq(...)

  Leinster’s Dave Kearney in action against Northampton Saints’ Fraser Dingwall in the Heineken Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium earlier in December. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s icebreaker or “stocktake” to give the official title to the 45-man Ireland squad that congregated over a two-day period prior to Christ(...)

Felipe Contepomi: “We know historically how they [Munster] play and what it takes to go there and get a result.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Felipe Contepomi appreciates better than most the intense rivalry between Leinster and Munster. During his six years in the blue jersey he placed him(...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster’s ability to maintain an unbeaten start to the season will lean heavily on their extended squad and academy players during the next three mat(...)

Conor Murray looks on at a scrum during Munster’s 10-3 win over Saracens. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Props may consider it heresy, many forwards too, but for most supporters the seemingly inordinate amount of time given up to a scrum is largely deflat(...)

 Garry Ringrose of Leinster is tackled by Northampton Saints’ Connor Tupai  and Tom Wood during last week’s  Champions Cup Round clash at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Honesty is an important character trait in the fulfilment of potential and the pursuit of excellence, so too diligence in absorbing on-field lessons. (...)

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