Michael Cheika

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Tempers flare between Ireland and Wales players during the Autumn Nations Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alun Wyn Jones had demanded a Welsh win and his team were fully “up” for their visit to Dublin on Friday evening. The passionate singing of Land of (...)

 Johnny Sexton on his way off the pitch after being replaced in Ireland’s defeat to France. Photograph: Inpho

At least for the hours and days following, it was conveyed to a rugby world that cares as an unholy transgression, a disagreeable wickedness, an unrig(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy converts a penalty to win the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Scarlets at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

The Munster player’s positive test need not be viewed in a negative light. Training is cancelled so all the plans the coach wanted to put in place thi(...)

“In the times I’ve been there, and I’ve been there many times, that’s always been the way the locals have treated me.” Photo: William West/AFP/Getty Image

With both of his parents coming from north Lebanon, Michael Cheika has always been proud of his roots and, as a Unicef ambassador for Lebanon in Austr(...)

Despite a detailed analysis of IRFU figures by BDO chartered accountants, on behalf of Rugby Players Ireland, the union retains their position of seek(...)

Andrew Porter celebrates with  Jordan Larmour after the win over Italy at Soldier Field in Chicago in November 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Just when we were getting used to tropical Ireland, and this being our first of three weeks’ ‘holidays’, the weather turned. Oh well, with all our sun(...)

Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the European Champions Cup trophy for Leinster in 2018, continuing a remarkable run of success for the Irish province. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

About eight minutes into the 2014 final of what was then known as the Rabo Direct Pro12 between Leinster and Glasgow, Brian O’Driscoll’s farewell game(...)

Tom Williams of Harlequins walks off with physio Steph Brennan to be replaced by team-mate Nick Evans in the closing stages of the 2009 Heineken Cup quarter-final at The Stoop. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Heineken Cup quarter-final: Harlequins v Leinster, The Stoop, Sunday, April 12th, 2009. The stain of ‘Bloodgate’ may never be removed from Harlequins(...)

Raelene Castle, who stepped down as chief executive of Rugby Australia this week, received a death threat last year. Photograph:   Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

In the wake of Raelene Castle resigning as chief executive of Rugby Australia, it has emerged that increased security was needed to protect her follow(...)

Ireland have won both of their Six Nations fixtures under Andy Farrell. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Okay, it may be stretching things to say that this revived Irish team has drawn a line entirely under the events of 2019 and the World Cup by dint of (...)

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