Martin Anayi

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James Cronin in action for Munster against Saracens. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

This is the worst time imaginable to have tested positive for a banned substance. There is no sport to turn the page. No arrival of cheating Saracens (...)

Munster’s Joey Carbery is tackled by Andrew Porter of Leinster during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Thomond Park last December. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Guinness Pro14 chief executive Martin Anayi remains optimistic that a finale of sorts to the 2019-20 campaign can still be salvaged from the damage ca(...)

 SRU chief operating officer Dominic McKay: he conceded  that filling a 60,000 capacity will represent “a challenge”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The decision to host the 2018-19 Guinness Pro14 final in Celtic Park, known also as Paradise, reflects a vision by the tournament organisers to make t(...)

 Leinster’s Luke McGrath:  he  must prove the ankle damage sustained against  Saracens  has healed sufficiently.  Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

The Natal Sharks and a second South African side are set to join the Guinness Pro 14 in 2019/20. Having become increasingly disillusioned with the Sup(...)

The Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein ahead of the Cheetahs’ Pro14 clash with Munster. Photograph: Inpho

The Pro14 is poised for further expansion with three more South African sides set to join the competition by the start of the 2020/21 season. Celtic(...)

Leinster’s 31-10 victory over the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth was not a good omen for the expanded Pro14. Photograph: Ryan Wilkisky/Inpho

“If we go there and they are not competitive you are not going to get anything commercially.” Martin Anayi, August 2017. The Guinness Pro14 chief ex(...)

Martin Anayi, chief executive of  Guinness PRO14 Rugby. “You can continue making this tournament bigger, better, make it more relevant.” Photograph: INPHO/Gary Carr

It’s that time of year again. The hurling final is upon us. Electric Picnic brings the curtain down on summer revelry. Cork and Belfast turnstiles jus(...)

 Iain Henderson (Ulster), Dean Budd (Bennetton Treviso), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Isa Nacewa (Leinster), CJ Velleman (Southern Kings), Mark Bennett (Edinburgh) and Cory Hill (Newport Gwent Dragons) at the launch of the Guinness PRO14 season at the Aviva. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

From a Pro14 press release: “It promises to be a sensational season . . . ” Guinness and Sky Sports certainly hope so. The good folk behind Europe’s (...)

Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus: initial reports suggesting he would return to South Africa in a capacity as director of rugby surfaced in April. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus invoked a release clause in his contract last spring notifying the province and the IRFU of an intention to(...)

James Ryan  goes over for Ireland’s seventh try during the Test match against the US Eagles at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

USA 19 Ireland 55 Amateurs mostly, some gathered from other sports, literally swept aside by professionals. The US Eagles, stocked with collegiate p(...)

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