John Robbie

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 Conor Murray: winning a European Cup with Munster would be a real highlight in an already memorable career. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Thirty five minutes into Munster’s game against the Cheetahs eight days ago at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, James Hart was undergoing a concuss(...)

The host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be unveiled on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

October 31st: Rugby World Cup Board recommends South Africa as RWC 2023 host. “This is the first Rugby World Cup host selection to take place followi(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton  avoids Andries Coetzee during the Ireland v South Africa match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The era of untouchable giants crumbles: the Springboks and Les Bleus can no longer be considered global rugby powers. That Allister Coetzee’s shambol(...)

John Robbie in action for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“I’m here 36 years,” says the man who still sounds like he’s from Greystones. “I’m very much a South African now.” John Robbie lacks the ability to (...)

Leinster scrumhalf Eoin Reddan played for his native province Munster for two seasons from 2003 to ’05 before joining London Wasps for four years.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland team photo on the Lansdowne pitch and Johnny Sexton is late. The boys clap, hoop and holler. One absolute legend leaps dramatically from his (...)

Ian Burns promoting his airline REDjet.

Ian Burns, who has died aged 58, was a schoolboy sports star who went on to achieve at club, provincial and international level, in rugby and in crick(...)

Nelson Mandela, wearing the number six jersey, congratulates  Springbok captain Francois Pienaar after victory in the 1995 World Cup final against New Zealand in in Johannesburg. Photograph: Getty Images

There was a lovely moment, or indeed minute, before kick-off in the Munster-Perpignan game at Thomond Park on Sunday. It only required one clap at the(...)

Conor Murray  during Ireland’s training session at  Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Conor Murray has been given plenty of advice over the years, from coaches, team-mates, former players, fans et al. But one piece of advice will always(...)

Conor Murray: “Warren said when we got in that everyone in the squad has the potential to start, so you’ve got to take confidence from that and just try your best.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Logistically it makes some sense for the Lions to stop off in Hong Kong en route to Australia, reducing the travel times and perhaps the jet lag. But (...)