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ew Zealand scrum-half Sid Going gets in his kick despite the attentions of Sean Lynch and Fergus Slattery (Ireland), watched by Ian Kirkpatrick (New Zealand) and Terry Moore (Ireland) during the 1973 clash at Lansdowne Road. Photo: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

January 27th 1973 – Ireland 10 New Zealand 10 A breakthrough of sorts but by Monday, nobody was talking about the game. For the first time ever, an I(...)

Ollie Campbell: led Ireland to their first ever  Test series win (2-0) in Australia in 1979.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The impending arrival of Pope Francis to Ireland on Saturday and the only previous papal visit, that of John Paul 11 in September, 1979 can be linked (...)

The publishers of a book on the legendary Lions  tour to New Zealand in 1971 have apologised to Mike Gibson, pictured above in 2014, as part of a settlement announced at the High Court in Belfast. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of Ireland’s rugby greats is to receive “substantial” damages over false allegations that he manipulated team selection to ensure his position for(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne may well win a first cap during Ireland’s three-Test series in Australia. Photograph: Inpho

Ciarán Fitzgerald, Keith Wood and Brian O’Driscoll have many things in common from a rugby perspective but perhaps the least well known is that they a(...)

“A massive amount of work has gone into it and a couple of the six weeks I had before the tour probably stood to me. I did an awful amount of work and conditioning and fitness and strengthening and everything in that time. I feel very good. I feel very fast and strong.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At last we have seen Sean O’Brien fully fit and at full tilt. With that has come his first win over the All Blacks in seven attempts and now a crack a(...)

Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

Warren Gatland saw his Lions side beaten for a second time on Saturday morning. Photograph: Davia Davies/PA

‘Highlanders Claim Magical Victory’ proclaimed the headline in the New Zealand Herald and it offered an inkling of the tone that rugby wrier Gregor Pa(...)

New Zealand scrumhalf Sid Going gets in his kick despite the attentions of Ireland’s Sean Lynch and Fergus Slattery during the 1973 game which ended  10-10. Photograph:   Dermot O’Shea

So 1973 revisited, before it gets neatly filed away in history. Finally.   Be it three Novembers or 43 winters past, victory over The All Blac(...)

 Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Critics of Ireland’s Call can rest assured that there will be at least one inspiring song sung before the rugby in Paris today. And if the opinions of(...)

I was sitting in Kielys of Donnybrook Town recently with my famous tactics book in front of me, scribbling down a few thoughts I had about the beautif(...)

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