Niall Woods

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Scott Fardy: played 76 times over four seasons for Leinster. “Fards is a competitive animal, he doesn’t like losing,” says Guy Easterby. “He’s added so much in terms of mindset and not taking a backward step.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

CJ Stander and Scott Fardy will ride off into the sunset with their legacies assured; Marcel Coetzee will leave some big shoes to fill at Ulster and t(...)

The IRFU are still not letting provinces negotiate new contracts, to the frustration of agents and players. File photograph: Inpho

Nearly 100 Irish professional rugby players face an anxious Christmas, as the IRFU continue to block provinces from negotiating new contracts. Agent (...)

 Caelan Doris, n action against Wales, will again start in the Irish backrow against England this weekend. File photograph: Inpho

Back in April 2015, Ireland played Wales in the European Under-18 Championship in Toulouse. During an injury break, the Irish forwards went into a hud(...)

Andrew Porter celebrates with  Jordan Larmour after the win over Italy at Soldier Field in Chicago in November 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Just when we were getting used to tropical Ireland, and this being our first of three weeks’ ‘holidays’, the weather turned. Oh well, with all our sun(...)

Garry Ringrose has signed a  new two-year central contract that will keep the talented centre with Leinster until the end of the 2021-22 season at least. Photograph: Tom Honan

A shaft of light amid the glooming. Garry Ringrose is believed to have signed a two-year contract to continue playing with Leinster and Ireland until (...)

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(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and  Simon Zebo. “He’s moved to the periphery. But he’s still there . . .,” the Irish coach said this week with regard to Zebo’s situation with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On Black Tuesday Joe Schmidt almost convinced us Simon Zebo had not been dropped at all.   “I was asked would Simon be in the mix,” went Schmidt(...)

Bordeaux-Begles’  Ian Madigan will be leaving the French Top 14 for English Championship side Bristol. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

(Irish exiles James Coughlan, Michael Noone and Peter Lydon talk about playing and life abroad)  The annual migration of Irish rugby’s wild gees(...)

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea: “There are some players with huge potential there and we just have to make sure that we have that pathway.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Way back when, long before he ever broke into the Leinster team, much less the Irish one, Conor O’Shea went by the moniker Caesar. That seems rather a(...)

The Wallace brothers, Paul, David and Richard, ahead of the Cross Atlantic Way Rugby Legends Cycle

At some point last Sunday on Slea Head that perennial question entered my head: is it Dingle, An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis? And where we will fina(...)

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