Mike Ross

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Greg Feek: “A lot of the guys have had bloody noses. They’ve had some good days and they’ve had some bad days and that’s important for the World Cup as well.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the more interesting conundrums facing the Irish coaching staff is their choice of props for the World Cup. Four would be too little, and thoug(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn tackles Leinster’s Seán Cronin during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It is a testimony to the relatively settled nature of the Irish squad that the 44 players named for the World Cup preparatory camps which commence in (...)

Leinster’s  Tadhg Furlong reacts as he scores the first try during the Champions Cup final  between Leinster and Saracens at St James’ Park  in Newcastle. Photograph:   Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Summertime, and the sporting seasons are overlapping. Being a proud Wexford man, Tadhg Furlong went along to Parnell Park with a few Leinster teammate(...)

Mike Ross: ‘There’s a competition on with the other members of the Irish coaching staff to lose weight before Paddy’s day, which I intend to win.’ Photograph: ©INPHO

Former Ireland international Mike Ross works for software company Wizuda and is a scrum coach for Ireland’s women’s rugby team. 7am I’ll have coffee (...)

Ireland’s Paddy Jackson looks on dejectedly as Italy’s Sergio Parisse celebrates his side winning a late penalty in Rome in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By kickoff the best laid plans had begun to unspool. Outhalf Paddy Jackson came in as a replacement for Johnny Sexton, and Ian Madigan had been drafte(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw  is tackled by Jonny May of England during their   Six Nations defeat at the Aviva Stadium on February 2nd. Photograph: Reuters

Perhaps the most acute disappointment arising from Ireland’s quarter-final defeat to Argentina in the 2015 Rugby World Cup was the fact that Joe Schmi(...)

Ireland Rugby Squad Gym Session, Melbourne, Australia11/6/2018 Andrew Porter Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

He doesn’t chase the numbers any more. As a teenager he was obsessed by them: the bench press, the squat, the deadlift. He lent a lot of time to reps (...)

‘Between you and me and the post’ – Like sentry guards, Jack McCaffrey and umpire Tom O’Kane watch the ball squirm away from the goal, one of the few moments of danger for Dublin in a relatively straight-forward semi-final win over Galway. Photo: “A Season of Sundays 2018”/Sportsfile

The Best Tony 10 by Declan Lynch and Tony O’Reilly – Gill Books, €16.99 The story of Tony O’Reilly, the Carlow postmaster who stole €1.75m(...)

Dave Kilcoyne: “I find that the more weights I do, the better I find I play and the better I feel.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The central cast prop actually comes with different packaging according to size and shape. There is the intellectual behemoth of Mike Ross, the immo(...)

Ireland’s Sean Cronin  celebrates with Rhys Ruddock, right, after scoring in their victory over  Italy on Saturday in  Chicago. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

Time was when Ireland used to tango with Argentina on a fairly regular basis, so much so it prompted the former Ireland manager Brian O’Brien to liken(...)

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