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Mark McCall celebrates Saracens’ Champions Cup win. Photograph: David Davies/PA

It has been a long time since the Rugby Football Union trusted anyone from a high-profile English club side to coach its national team. In theory the (...)

Joe Rokocoko reckons Leinster will have enogh to see off Saracens in the Champions Cup final. Photo: Dave Winter/Icon Sport

Racing 92’s former All Black wing Joe Rokocoko has faced both Saracens (2016) and Leinster (2018) in Champions Cup finals and in his experience he fee(...)

Ryan is always looking to improve the quality of his work.

James Ryan (Leinster) Position: Lock Age: 22 Height: 2.03 metres (6’ 8”) Weight: 108kg (17st) Ireland caps: 17 (1 try) Why’s he so important? The s(...)

Saracens: bounced back from the defeat to Leinster last year to claim a fourth Premiership crown since 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Saracens v Munster Kick off: 3pm, Saturday. Venue: Ricoh Arena. How to follow: The Irish Times li(...)

Dejected Ireland players after the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

And so former Irish coach Warren Gatland becomes the first coach ever to win three Grand Slams. This is St Patrick’s Weekend. We own it, right? The B(...)

 Ireland’s Conor Murray in action against Scotland. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

No hurry for Murray The Conor Murray problem is exacerbated by the fact it is Conor Murray. When a scrumhalf suffers a dip in form – like Aaron Smith(...)

Ireland tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong is one of five nominations for The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland dominate a list of five nominees in contention to be named The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year for 2018. The Grand Slam cha(...)

Leo Cullen: “Before most people wake, Leo is working away on what’s best for Leinster Rugby but people don’t see that,” says Isa Nacewa. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

“We farmed in Newtownmountkennedy and I’d be moving ponies or sheep and I’d ask Leo, from a young age, to give me a hand. He always said yes but he wa(...)

 Will Spencer of Leicester   tackles  Tommy Taylor of Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, UK. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

You can hear the referee say to the TMO during Leicester’s match against Wasps at the weekend that the tackle by Will Spencer was “high” and “was forc(...)

Pianist Thérèse Fahy: commissioned new pieces from seven Irish composers, and folded in a selection of Debussy’s own piano pieces with some of his instrumental works and songs

The centenary of the death of Debussy has led to a predictable upsurge in performances of his music. Mostly it’s been a matter of one-off extras, as i(...)

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