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Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper at the GAA Super Games Centre’s national blitz day in partnership with Sky Sports  at Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

It was meant as a compliment, a typically colourful Owen Mulligan soundbite, though Jonny Cooper isn’t sure whether to accept the pat on the back or b(...)

At the launch of the  European competitions in Dublin were (L-R) Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh) and Jarrad Butler (Connacht). Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

 To repeat, or not to repeat, that is the huge challenge facing Leinster as they seek to add to that hard-earned fourth star above their crests a(...)

At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

  England’s  Paul Gascoigne celebrates after scoring   during the European Championship Finals group match against Scotland  on June 15th, 1996, in London, England. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Studies on flawed genius are multitude. One English man has a catalogue of harrowing tales spread across a lifetime sprinkled with pure skill. We are(...)

Danny Cipriani has made an impressive start to the season with Gloucester. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Increasingly Danny Cipriani looks fated to be a quiz answer for years to come. Name the most gifted English sportsman of his generation who never play(...)

 Munster’s Joey Carbery on his debut for the province against the Cheetahs last weekend: his move from Leinster  has provoked more angst, interest and excitement than most. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Maybe it was the tan, maybe it was the ongoing warm rays of summer, but somehow Joey Carbery just didn’t look the same in the all red of Munster, did (...)

Michael Murphy: play a pivotal role for Donegal, he’s totally selfless, the controller in the middle of the park, the leader, incredibly disciplined and focused.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This was the most significant weekend of the championship so far. The bigger teams all made their move and it was interesting to see the impact of top(...)

South Africa’s Jessie Kriel is put junder pressure by England’s Mike Brown at Newlands. Photograph: Getty Images

South Africa 10 England 25 Owen Farrell kicked 20 points as England ended their five-match winless run with a deserved victory over South Africa in t(...)

Danny Cipriani starts for England against the Springboks in Cape Town. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Preparing for the third Test in the shadow of Table Mountain has merely heightened the sense of England’s rugby players being stuck between a rock and(...)

 England’s Danny Cipriani will start Saturday’s third Test against South Africa at Newlands. Photograph: PA

Outhalf Danny Cipriani will make his first start for England in almost a decade and there is a return for flanker Chris Robshaw as coach Eddie Jones s(...)

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