Ollie Campbell

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 Former Springboks player Errol Tobias during an interview about his new book in  September, 2015. Photograph:  Nasief Manie/Foto24/ Gallo Images/Getty Images

On the May 30th, 1981, Errol Tobias became the first black man to play for the Springboks, debuting at the age of 31 against Ireland. Before kick-off,(...)

Old Belvedere was originally founded in 1918–19 by former pupils of Belvedere College. File photograph: Inpho

In response “to a worryingly uncertain future”, the players of Old Belvedere rugby club in Dublin have created an initiative calling on its supporters(...)

 Morne Du Plessis leads out his team against the British Lions in 1980 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

No issue has divided or caused more controversy in rugby than apartheid, and specifically the sport’s links with South Africa and the Springboks while(...)

William Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy wrote of the daffodils that it ‘seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them’. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

For a poem synonymous with solitude, William Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud was a surprisingly collaborative affair.  It was not the p(...)

Michael Kiernan scores a drop goal to win the Triple Crown for Ireland in their match against England at Lansdowne Road in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Grand Slams went beyond the consciousness of children in the 1980s – unseen heroics by Karl Mullen and Jack Kyle – but Triple Crowns were known artefa(...)

A Munster squad session. Over the last two decades, Irish provincial teams have had a number of world class players who have set exceptionally high standards. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

On the very few days I am back in Sydney, one of my great joys is having a coffee at my local cafe. The other day my little piece of “me time” was in(...)

Dermot Desmond’s involvement, through Stamport, stems from the fact that he took control of the Old Belvedere grounds in a little-publicised deal more than a decade ago.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Financier Dermot Desmond has teamed up with a well-known south Dublin rugby club in a High Court action over a housing development adjacent to its gro(...)

Bundee Aki: will be the focus of special attention  when Ireland take on the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is arguably the greatest and definitely the crankiest in Ireland’s celebrated lineage of outhalves. Every so often, the commentators wi(...)

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 (...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray wins a high ball during the second Test against Australia at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Conor Murray knows full well what it’s like to play in a series decider, and has experienced the whole gamut. He was part of the Lions’ Test series wi(...)

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