Mike Catt

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Peter O’Mahony produces a stunning offload to release Bundee Aki (not pictured) against Italy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the world of offloads, it was in the upper echelon. Peter O’Mahony isn’t the type of character to commandeer the spotlight for his own purposes but(...)

Italy’s Gianmarco Lucchesi  tackles Ireland’s Tadhg Beirne  during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland 50 Italy 17 Before the game, as Johnny Sexton said on behalf of probably everyone in the Irish set-up, they’d have taken a 33-point win over(...)

Jacob Stockdale offers a left-footed option for Ireland in the Six Nations match against Italy at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 3.30 – Live on Virgin Media One and ITV The Aviva echo chamber has become one of the new abnor(...)

Ireland  attack coach Mike Catt   must feel like Elizabeth Taylor’s seventh husband. He knows what to do, he is just not sure he can make it stimulating or entertaining. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

At the Battle of Cannae on the Adriatic coast of Italy, in 216 BC, the legendary Carthaginian General Hannibal defeated the largest Roman army ever as(...)

Johnny Sexton: “I think it was a good and bad time for the Six Nations to finish up for me.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton resumes his captaincy of Ireland having had way more time than he would have liked to mull over his last experience in the job. Ireland’(...)

Rónan Kelleher in action for Leinster during the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Dragons at the  RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When the Leinster think tank opted to demote Rónan Kelleher from starting hooker to the replacements bench for the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-fina(...)

Jonah Lomu runs through the Ireland defence at Ellis Park in Johannesburg during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Black teenager, dead at 40, Jonah Lomu did plenty of living in between. Johannesburg May 27th, 1995 is where and when rugby gets divided into two(...)

James Ryan is looking forward to being back on a rugby field. Photograph: Inpho

Paul O’Connell reckons more seasoned players will reap the biggest benefits from this extended break. Players in their late 20s and 30s, who’ve been o(...)

A lineout during Ireland’s heavy defeat to England at Twickenham last August. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

England v Ireland, Twickenham, Sunday 3pm. On TV: Live on Virgin Media TV and ITV. This should be instructive. Over the course of the pivotal third (...)

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 (...)

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