Keith Wood

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James Ryan has captained every team he has played for in his career. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP via Getty Images

Future Irish captain is a tag that has accompanied James Ryan ever since he broke into the team, wearily so for the young man himself, but not any lon(...)

Dion O’Cuinneagain (with headband) celebrates the Five Nations win over Wales at Twickenham in 1999 with Conor O’Shea, Victor Costello and Paddy Johns. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Allsport

Professional rugby, having turned 25 this week, remains at a perilous crossroads. The British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021 has never f(...)

A general view of Thomond Park ahead of the meeting of Munster and Gloucester in October 2018. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Picture the scene. Around tea-time on a Saturday, it’s approaching kick-off. Munster have their backs to the wall yet again, some Fancy Dans from Engl(...)

The Ireland team for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France. Back Row (L-R) Nick Popplewell, Gary Halpin, Eric Elwood, David Corkery, Paddy Johns, Neil Francis, Gabriel Fulcher, Paul Wallace and Simon Geoghegan Front Row (L-R) Brendan Mullin, Darragh O’Mahony, Niall Hogan, Conor O’Shea and Jonathan Bell. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On June 10th, 1995, 25 years ago this week, Ireland were beaten 36-12 by France in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final in King’s Park, Durban becoming the(...)

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne has ruled out relegation becoming part of the Six Nations or the Pro 14. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Six Nations and the Pro 14 will never consider promotion or relegation, IRFU chief executive Philip Browne has stated. “The jeopardy really is pr(...)

Ronan O’Gara scores a try in the 2000 Heineken Cup semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

On a glorious sunny day in Bordeaux on May 6th 2000, it was 20 years ago this week, the Red Army was born. It was also the day that Munster truly anno(...)

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has been the target of some baleful diatribes on social media. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

The 2002 Six Nations is increasingly providing uncomfortable pointers toward the 2020 version, although it is to be fervently hoped things don’t pan o(...)

Ireland scrum coach John Fogarty works with prop Andrew Porter during the captain’s run at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Dunne is hardly a soothsayer. An adventurous outhalf during his nomadic career – Leinster, Harlequins, Bath, Leinster again and Connacht – he’s s(...)

Eddie O’Sullivan, then assistant coach  with Ireland coach Warren Gatland in 2000. He succeeded the Welshman in the role in 2002. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell faces into his first Six Nations looking to infuse belief and momentum into the new regime. The disappointment of the World Cup is large(...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

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