Mervyn Murphy

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 Iain Henderson was back to his formidable best during the victory over Scotland  in Yokohama.  Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Welcome back Ireland. Not that they ever really went away and the performances against Wales were pointers. But their opening game of the 2019 World C(...)

Ger Carmody (centre) looks on at a fixture against the All Blacks during the British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand in 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ger Carmody’s title is Head of Operations at the IRFU, although the colloquial terms, pathfinder or facilitator, perhaps best encapsulates his role. (...)

Some of Ireland’s backroom team of Ger Carmody, Jason Cowman, Willie Bennett, David Hanley, Keith Fox, Dr Ciaran Cosgrave, Dave Revins, Richie Murphy and John Moran pitchside at Solider Field, Chicago in November 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Over the 32 years since the first Rugby World Cup co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia in 1987, nothing has really remained the same. The tournament(...)

 Jonathan Sexton celebrates as New Zealand’s Ben Smith is forced into touch late on at the Aviva.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpoh

Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 So much for having to score at least four tries to beat the New Zealand. In beating the back-to-back world champions for a (...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray in action against Argentina. “In the opening half Los Pumas didn’t engage the breakdown, affording Ireland total comfort in possession.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I’m not overly focused on the detail of Ireland’s victory over Argentina, but instead the detail of the autumn series. Firstly and possibly the great(...)

“If you let a let a player like Finn Russell take a couple of steps and throw 20 metre passes to guys like Hogg, Seymour, Maitland on the wings you are always going to be struggling.” Photograph:   Andy Buchanan/Getty Images

“There were times on the edges there when we just chased shadows,” said Rob Kearney. “We let Finn Russell play the game all day long, there wasn’t a s(...)

Ireland’s Devin Toner is dumped by Bernard Foley of Australia in the last few minutes at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The courage that the Ireland team demonstrated to eke out a win in the most unpromising of circumstances has applied a gloss rather than a matt finish(...)

Jerry Flannery is enjoying being back at Munster. ‘I’m only in the door and I’m lucky that I trust the guys around me so much because I know them so well,’ he says. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jerry Flannery loved being a player. Best job in the world. At 36 he could still be doing it but for the calf injuries that eventually forced him to r(...)