Mark Mccall

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At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

  Geordan Murphy   has been appointed interim head coach of Leicester Tigers following the departure of director of rugby Matt O’Connor. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Dean Richards once dubbed Geordan Murphy the “George Best” of rugby. It is Richards who arrives to Welford Road this weekend with Newcastle Falcons to(...)

Bernard Foley at number 10 is a certainty for Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Clash of cultures. The Australia squad announcement on Fox Sports this morning (10.30am Irish time) allows Joe Schmidt to ignite precise preparations (...)

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall during Saturday’s Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has signed a contract extension at the club, along with six members of the Irishman’s backroom staff. Defence (...)

Dan Leavy carries to score during Leinster’s win over Saracens. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Springtime for Ireland and the provinces. The possibility of an all-Irish, European Champions Cup final in Bilbao on May 12th is two games away, albei(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong tackle  Saracens’ Owen Farrell during the  Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton booted the ball away like every young boy has done when the invisible referee refuses to punish a filthy hack in the backfield as the et(...)

Toulon head coach Fabien Galthie will arrive in Munster under no illusions. Photograph:  Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Several years ago when Toulon travelled to Limerick, I met the then Toulon coach, Philippe Saint-André. A highly intelligent man, Philippe understood (...)

Jamie Heaslip lifts the Heineken Cup after the win over Leicester at Murrayfield in May 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will walk on the pitch before Leinster v Saracens. “Mick Dawson told me this morning they are at just south of 50,000.” Imagine they b(...)

Cian Healy: 'If you want to get to the top of this, you have to beat the best. You don’t want to be looking for an easy route.' Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“We don’t have a hell of a lot of lads left that have won that cup,” says Cian Healy. Today the Leinster losehead prop is refocusing after the glory o(...)

Richard Wigglesworth:  “Obviously the Irish boys have a good thing going, as they proved in the last few weeks.” Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

“If I was in the Irish system I’d have to play for Ireland so I’ll have to pick the English system, mate,” Richard Wigglesworth (no more anglicized a (...)

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