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Munster’s Ronan O’Gara goes by Bryce Williams and Malcolm O’Kelly of Leinster during their Heineken Cup semi-final in 2006. Photograph:  Getty Images/Inpho

“Ollie Campbell organised it for me; it was an extension of my childhood – we got paid and I got an apartment, and there were a couple of restaurants (...)

The Ireland 10 Ross Byrne needs to have one eye on “the plan” and the other on what his gut tells him. Keep the forwards on the front foot and build pressure on the scoreboard. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell said he learned a lot about the players who played at Twickenham for the first time. Some of them became men, he said. Great to hear – a(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander, Andrew Porter and James Ryan during the anthems before their defeat to Japan at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A worrying picture is beginning to form of this Ireland pack being ranked below previous Irish versions at World Cups. That theory can be altered over(...)

Leinster’s Rocky Elsom bursts through the Leicester  defence during the 19-16 win in the 2009 Heineken Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Rocky Elsom’s biographer wastes no time entering the realm of hagiography. “Rocky is like a modern day renaissance man, a Leonardo da Vinci in studs,(...)

 Felipe Contepomi, (centre) celebrates with  Denis Hickie (left) and Will Green after Leinster’s  victory over Toulouse in the  Heineken Cup quarter-final at  Stade Municipal  in Toulouse in April 2006. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Heineken Cup quarter-final, Toulouse 35-41 Leinster, Municipal Stadium, Toulouse – April 2006 Denis Hickie versus Vincent Clerc, the ultimate sprinte(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action during the Six Nations  match against France at Stade de France. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

The boy who would be king rises up in Paris. Recently, in conversation with a former Ireland international, we naively compared James Ryan to Paul O’(...)

Leinster’s Seán Cronin on his way to scoring a try during the Guinness Pro 14 match against Cardiff Blues at the RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster 37 Cardiff Blues 9 All cracks get papered over by the ruthless finish. When Ross Byrne, after an unconvincing night until it really mattered(...)

Ireland’s Joey Carbery gets in some kicking practice at the Red Bull Arena, New Jersey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

US Eagles v Ireland, Red Bull Arena, Saturday, 10pm (Irish time) – live Eir Sport Spoken like a true disciple, Rhys Ruddock delivered the gospel acco(...)

Felipe Contepomi celebrates with team mates Denis Hickie (left) and Will Green after their victory in Toulouse in the Heineken Cup quarter-final in 2006. ‘There were a lot of similarities between that game and Leinster’s loss to Clermont.’ Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

History does not always repeat itself but it has a lovely habit of rhyming. Watching Leinster backs tear out of their 22 in Lyon I was instantly remin(...)

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