Mike Catt

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Bono with the Ireland rugby squad as the build-up continues for the big Six Nations clash  against England at Twickenham.

Ireland’s new English head coach and new backs coach may have both played and coached the country of their birth, but Andy Farrell is endeavouring to (...)

Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki  celebrate Ireland’s win over Wales. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw’s performance for the 44 minutes before a clash of heads with Welsh outhalf Dan Biggar – they both failed HIAs – offered a timely remin(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell watches his players warm-up ahead of the Six Nations  match against  and Scotland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Three months after departing, Joe Schmidt is receiving an unjustifiable amount of blame for the state of the Irish national team. Andy Farrell and hi(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell during a training session  at the Sport Ireland campus in Blanchardstown. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

After all most 200 years, one of rugby’s oldest “tenets of faith” still holds solid. If your tight five dominate their opposition, then you will win t(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway scores a try against Samoa in their Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Fukuoka, Japan, in October 2019. Photograph: Jayne  Russell/Inpho

However impatient Andrew Conway might understandably have been when his professional career did not accelerate as quickly as was expected, he’s long s(...)

Ireland scrum coach John Fogarty works with prop Andrew Porter during the captain’s run at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Dunne is hardly a soothsayer. An adventurous outhalf during his nomadic career – Leinster, Harlequins, Bath, Leinster again and Connacht – he’s s(...)

Ireland attack coach Mike Catt: “As a group of coaches we are expecting some good stuff on the weekend.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Mike Catt marches into the media room at the National Indoor Arena. “Good afternoon all,” chimes a thick South African accent barely dulled by 28 year(...)

Ireland’s Denis Leamy, David Wallace and Gordon D’Arcy tackle Andy Farrell of England in the  Six Nations Championship at Croke Park in February 2007. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“You were better-looking with the beard.” The flower seller had me on the back foot straight away. Down the Japan tunnel he burrowed and, without bei(...)

Jacob Stockdale: ‘I didn’t really enjoy the World Cup in a rugby sense.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Few players quite had to rediscover their true selves after the World Cup than Jacob Stockdale, and as much as anyone, his return to form in recent we(...)

Wales women’s captain Siwan Lillicrap, Italy women’s captain Giada Franco, Italy captain Luca Bigi, Scotland captain Stuart Hogg, Ireland captain Jonathan Sexton, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones, England women’s captain Sarah Hunter, France captain Charles Ollivon, England captain Owen Farrell, France women’s captain Gaëlle Hermet, Ireland women’s captain Ciara Griffin and Scotland women’s captain Rachel Malcolm at the Six Nations launch in London. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Expectations that Japan 2019 was Johnny Sexton’s last World Cup may yet prove premature. The 34-year-old can always look to Tom Brady as well as Roger(...)

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