Kevin Mclaughlin

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Leinster’s Josh van der Flier in action against Munster in the Pro14 semi-final at the RDS. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The red scrum cap seemed omnipresent at the RDS, conspicuous even beneath the flailing bodies at the breakdown, accelerating in support of ball carrie(...)

Peter O’Mahony, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy and Jonathan Sexton at Ireland rugby squad training in Carton House, Co Kildare on Tuesday.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What lies beneath will soon be visible. See enforced promotions of Quinn Roux and John Cooney, and the Irish openside flanker merry-go-round. England(...)

Cillian Willis’ case against the Sale Sharks is due to enter a Manchester courtroom in early 2019, almost six years after the former Leinster scrumhal(...)

Ulster’s Jared Payne: hasn’t played a match since complaining of feeling unwell during a British & Irish Lions tour match against the Chiefs in New Zealand last summer. Photograph: Inpho

Jared Payne’s decision to retire from professional rugby while denying Ulster and Ireland the services of an outstanding player is eminently sensible (...)

Ireland’s flanker Dan Leavy reacts his side’s defeat of France at the Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:   Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Back in 2009, St Michael’s faced an all-conquering Clongowes Wood team in the quarter-finals of the Leinster Schools Junior Cup. Clongowes, powered by(...)

Jamie Heaslip: “His medical file was the thinnest of any player in the game. A standing joke. Then a bolt from the blue. That dark irony escapes nobody.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It could be a cautionary tale about professional rugby. Then again Jamie Heaslip follows Luke Fitzgerald and Kevin McLaughlin, two of the more recent (...)

France outhalf Morgan Parra will miss the Six Nations opener against Ireland due to a knee injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rugby is mangling its players. So much so that an Irish tech company is producing enough preventative measures to journey deep down into Silicon Valle(...)

Galway’s Damien Comer celebrates after winning a free during the final moments in Salthill. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 0-15 Mayo 1-11 In metaphorical terms for Galway, a ferocious squally afternoon in Salthill gave way to sunshine but only after periods of high(...)

David Wallace, with support from Mick O’Driscoll, in action against Wasps:  “That bond, you have that for years. You leave and you are leaving that behind.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Our notions of them are swollen and oversized. Heroic players, lionised in their 20s, venerated in their 30s and occasionally one or two declared lege(...)

On borrowed time? Stadio Moletolo, home of the struggling  Zebre  franchise. Photograph: Francesca Soli/Inpho

Attilio Bertolucci, the late Italian poet, wrote of his native Parma: “As a capital city, it had to have a river. As a little capital, it received a s(...)

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