John Plumtree

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Kieran Read: “I feel like I’m in as good nick as I’ve been in my career. . .Right now, it’s time to get out there and do it on the field.”  Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will make his long-awaited return to the field on Friday as the Canterbury Crusaders face the Wellington Hurricanes in (...)

Perhaps not surprisingly, the schedule could not have been hand-picked more favourably for the hosts, who along with Ireland and Scotland, are in Pool A.Photograph: Reuters

The planning already started with last June’s two Tests in Japan but the 2019 World Cup in the same country came more sharply into focus with Thursday(...)

Belvedere celebrate their Leinster Schools Cup victory at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

Belvedere College 31 Cistercian College, Roscrea 7 It takes a special team to lose two finals yet return to beat Terenure, Blackrock, St Michael’s an(...)

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby with Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In that typically unfussy and unstated way of his, both as player and coach, Simon Easterby has again become a hugely important figure within the Irel(...)

Leinster scrum coach Marco Caputo has left the province with immediate effect. Photograph: Inpho

Marco Caputo has resigned as Leinster’s scrum coach, following the province’s decision to sack Matt O’Connor. Leinster have announced Caputo’s departu(...)

Simon Easterby: “Why can’t this be the period when Ireland win back-to-back championships.” Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Come the full-time whistle today and Simon Easterby could have a highly-distinguished place in the history of Irish rugby. He played a part in the pre(...)

 Ireland’s Dave Kilcoyne scores a try despite the attentions of  David Kacharava of Georgia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/ Inpho

Ireland 49 Georgia 7 This was always the worry. Even the All Blacks, having been completely redesigned for yesterday’s narrow escape in Murrayf(...)

Ireland and Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne pictured at Carton House ahead of Saturday’s Test match against South Africa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The notion of being patient is a bit of a killer for Dave Kilcoyne primarily because it’s been the attribute most demanded of him in his career, parti(...)

New Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Thoughtful and meticulous for the most part in teasing out his answers, Simon Easterby cuts a relaxed figure in his first official media engagement si(...)

 Ireland Scrum coach Greg Feek (left) and forwards coach Simon Easterby. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Simon Easterby boasts the “ruthless focus” to thrive in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland set-up, according to his Scarlets coaching mentor Nigel Davies. Former G(...)

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