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 Oli Jager lands awkwardly during  Canterbury’s Mitre 10 Cup match against Southland at Orangetheory stadium  in Christchurch in August 2019. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

False narrative: Oliver Jager was lured away from the land of his birth to pursue the All Blacks dream. In the summer of 2013, a 17-year-old realised(...)

Damian Browne completing his solo Atlantic row.

Damian Browne still cannot swim. Rowed the Atlantic on his lonesome, keeps time with Olympians, did a 251km ultra-marathon across the Sahara and the b(...)

Tom Curry of England makes a typical break during the victory over Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

On one of those excruciating Twickenham days, beneath it all was Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, the ghost and the darkness of English rugby. Remember A(...)

 Keith Earls after  scoring his try against England in 2010. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ireland have travelled to Twickenham in the middle round of the Six Nations on three previous occasions and, in their own way, they have been landmark(...)

Eddie O’Sullivan, then assistant coach  with Ireland coach Warren Gatland in 2000. He succeeded the Welshman in the role in 2002. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell faces into his first Six Nations looking to infuse belief and momentum into the new regime. The disappointment of the World Cup is large(...)

‘The work of Irish composers has suffered from the same kind of do-goodery that has hampered the Irish language.’ File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Last Friday’s concert by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) set my mind racing. It wasn’t anything to do with George Jackson’s conducting of t(...)

Ina Boyle’s rising posthumous reputation is reflected in the inclusion of her Elegy by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s concert on January 4th

Saturday 4 Chamber Music Gathering National Concert Hall, Newman University Church, Dublin; nch.ie The National Concert Hall’s Chamber Music Gatherin(...)

 England prop Mako Vunipola practices his reactions with vision awareness coaches Sherylle Calder (right) and Christi Botha during a training session  at Fuchu Asahi Football Park  in Tokyo. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Potentially the most successful coach in the history of rugby union is hiding in plain sight. Maybe it is because she is a woman and gives relatively (...)

England winger Joe Cokanasiga  is tackled by USA prop David Ainuu as he runs in to score a try during Rugby World Cup Pool C at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The hardest yards at the Rugby World Cup come in midweek, when the big dogs bark and the yappy ones get chomped. How do you cover a game where everyon(...)

Jonny Wilkinson of England kicks the winning drop-goal against Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

It is October 1999, and a 20-year-old Jonny Wilkinson is sitting on the edge of a bed in Clive Woodward’s hotel room in Paris. Woodward has just told (...)

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