Marcus Horan

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Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Cian Healy: ‘It’s more enjoyable. It’s a more talented game now. There’s so much focus on skill and being tactically able to break teams down.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

A throwaway line. But, as a crisp analysis of how Cian Healy has remained relevant to Joe Schmidt and Irish rugby, Monday’s thought may be one for the(...)

The TG4 pitchside studio with Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill, Ronan Loughney and Eoghan O Neachtain. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Throughout its many changes in participants (26), tournament formats, sponsors and broadcasting partners (22 and counting), one aspect of the Pro14 ha(...)

 Munster’s Peter O’Mahony  during their defeat to Racing 92. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The RDS is the unlikely rugby cathedral where Munster must seek redemption. A redemption desperately required after the Champions Cup semi-final again(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn is tackled by Edinburgh’s Jaco van der Walt during the semi-final qualifier at Thomond Park. Kleyn is an injury concern for the semi-final against Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Now that this semi-final play-off is out of the way, presumably another weekend’s break and the prospect of playing Leinster at the RDS in the Guinnes(...)

Ireland players at the captain’s run in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Once more 2.15pm on a Saturday at Lansdowne Road is Six Nations time. But this will be different from a fortnight ago. The forecast is set fair and th(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony in action during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There are plenty of former rugby players working in the media nowadays. The Irish Times columnist Gordon D’Arcy recently incensed the Sunday Times rug(...)

Italy clash will be Cian Healy’s first Six Nations start since March 2015.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“He was never without misery, and never without hope.”  – Joseph Heller in Catch-22. Cian Healy, the prop called Church, who began as a seemingl(...)

Prop John Ryan, in action against Leicester at Welford Road, won his first cap for Ireland against Canada in November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John Ryan hasn’t exactly been an overnight sensation. But at 28, Ryan is enjoying something of a breakthrough season. Finally establishing himself as (...)

Anthony Foley hands off a tackle from Iain Balshaw at Twickenham in 2004. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Anthony Foley and a couple of other names we all know well were responsible for creating the Munster culture. These men were responsible for building(...)

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