James Ryan (right) with Leinster team-mate Tadgh Furlong following their Champions Cup defeat to Saracens at St James’ Park, Newcastle, last Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland

It is a measure of the esteem in which James Ryan is held by his peers that the 22-year-old Leinster and Irish lock has become the youngest player to (...)

James Ryan is one of four nominations for the Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award to be announced on May 15th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster lock James Ryan, Connacht outhalf Jack Carty and Munster forwards Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Beirne are all in contention for the Zurich Player(...)