Johnny Sexton

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Stuart Barnes in action for Bath against Saracens in April 1993. Photograph: Dave Rogers/Allsport

The language of rugby has changed hugely in the past quarter of a century. What used to be a tackle is now a big hit and wingers have wheels or gas as(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton talks to referee Frank Murphy during their fractious match against Munster at Thomond Park last month. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton’s continuing recuperation from a knee tendon injury will take place in warm weather climes in Portugal this week as part of an Ireland t(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave sent out a very questionable tweet after Ulster’s win. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cave man stands up for Ulster Darren Cave and Andrew Trimble recently talked about how “institutionalised” professional rugby players become until th(...)

Jacob Stockdale has scored 12 tries in 13 Test match appearances. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The jewel in the crown of northern hempisphere rugby - the Six Nations - is nearly upon us. Over six weeks familiar foes will renew old rivalries in (...)

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(...)

Leinster assistant coach Stuart Lancaster during a training session at UCD. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

“Pretty much everything has been given to Leinster and, indirectly, to Ireland,” Stuart Lancaster says when he considers how the knowledge he gained d(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Adam Byrne celebrates his try against Toulouse with Leinster teammate’s Jordan Larmour and Josh van der Flier Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For only the second time in the competition’s history there could be five Pro14 clubs in the knock-out stages of the Heineken Champions Cup. No doubt(...)

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