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Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

Ireland will play their own game via Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton – together again for the first time since Australia last summer. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Feedback is always appreciated. Last week’s “Dear Eddie” letter got some comment along the lines of, ‘Don’t say that, England will only stick it up on(...)

Ireland players  celebrate Jacob Stockdale’s second try against Wales. Ireland’s backline are significantly taller and heavier than their 2009 counterparts on the team which won the Grand Slam.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpoh

Is rugby becoming a younger man’s game, as well as a bigger man’s game? The question seems particularly apt on the day Jamie Heaslip confirmed his pre(...)

Conor Murray and Owen Farrell will make their first start of the British & Irish Lions tour against  the Crusaders. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Time waits for no man, but by the same token sometimes, well, it’s just your time. You wouldn’t rule out Rhys Webb and, even more so, Johnny Sexton fo(...)

Rhys Webb and Conor Murray in action for Wales and Ireland during the Six Nations. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

An intriguing subplot to the Munster-Ospreys Pro12 semi-final at Thomond Park on Saturday week is the duel at scrumhalf. Conor Murray and Rhys Webb ha(...)

Mike Phillips (L) will join Sale Sharks at the end of the season. Photograph: Getty

Mike Phillips will play in the Aviva Premiership next season after signing a deal with Sale. The 33-year-old former Wales scrum-half has played for L(...)

Vern Cotter’s Scotland side travel to Cardiff to play Wales on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Vern Cotter was in a prickly mood when he announced Scotland’s team to face Wales in Cardiff. The optimism that had built up north of the border a we(...)

Michael Kiernan attempts a drop goal over Mark Ring during Ireland-Wales Five Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park in 1987. Ireland won 15-11. Photograph: Simon Bruty/Allsport

Meetings between Ireland and Wales are akin to a two-horse race, but at times over the last two or three decades it’s been easier to pick the winner o(...)

Warren Gatland and his backroom team name their Wales Six Nations squad in January.

Coach: Warren Gatland Gatland is entering his ninth Six Nations campaign as head coach of Wales since taking over from Gareth Jenkins in 2007. His (...)

Leinster’s Peter Dooley chases Bath’s Semesa Rokoduguni at the RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty felt something akin to paternal anxiety last week with Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Tadhg Furlong and Ross Molony mak(...)

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