Jonah Lomu

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Jacob Stockdale during Ireland training at the  IRFU High Performance Centre, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The same hymn sheet is doing the rounds in Ireland camp. “Heads up” rugby being the phrase of the week with Jacob Stockdale and Garry Ringrose empower(...)

 Exeter this weekend play against Racing 92 in their first European Champions Cup final before travelling to Twickenham for the fifth consecutive year to take on Wasps for the Premiership title. File photograph: Getty Images

Before England played New Zealand in the 1995 World Cup semi-final in Cape Town, they did not pay too much attention to Jonah Lomu, the 19-year-old wi(...)

Toulouse and South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe is one of world rugby’s most exciting players. File photograph: Getty Images

Occasionally it is worth pausing for a moment and asking why people prefer to watch certain team sports compared to others. Football, for example, i(...)

South African president Nelson Mandela presents the William Webb Ellis trophy to captain Francois Pienaar after the victory over New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Poisonous coffee. The Friday morning before the World Cup final Frank Bunce gingerly moved off his toilet bowl to track down Dr Mike Bowen. “Doc, I g(...)

South African captain Francois Pienaar lifts the William Webb Ellis trophy after the victory over New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final. Photograph: Inpho

Twenty-five years today a group of men sat in the Ambassador Hotel on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris and acknowledged the game was finally up. Rugby uni(...)

Jonah Lomu runs through the Ireland defence at Ellis Park in Johannesburg during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Black teenager, dead at 40, Jonah Lomu did plenty of living in between. Johannesburg May 27th, 1995 is where and when rugby gets divided into two(...)

Nelson Mandela hands the Webb Ellis trophy to Francois Pienaar in 1995. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Twenty-five years ago this Wednesday, rugby union supplied the backdrop to one of the most famous images in history. Nelson Mandela and Francois Piena(...)

On Friday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar explained that if everything goes to schedule then competitive team sports could resume on July 20th. Photograph: Inpho

The return of team sports will not be recommended by the National Public Health Emergency Team before a vaccine for the coronavirus or anti-viral medi(...)

Belgian goalkeeper Jean Marie Pfaff claims the ball ahead of  Spanish forward Emilio Butragueno during the World Cup quarter-final in Puebla, Mexico in June 1986. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Easily the most thrilling 45 minutes I’ve ever known – up to April 1987 – is spent standing behind Jean-Marie Pfaff. Actually, I’m perched slightly ab(...)

Advertising agency Chemistry created this 2015 ad for the Irish Examiner, a tribute to the late Jonah Lomu.

Creative advertising agency Chemistry is closing its doors in an orderly wind-down after a difficult 2019. Co-founder and managing director Ray Sheeri(...)

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