Paul O'connell

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Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Conor Murray launching Pinergy’s #WeAre16 Campaign.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As the world’s best scrumhalf over the last four or five years and at the age of 29, Conor Murray could have been justified in at least sounding out h(...)

  Geordan Murphy   has been appointed interim head coach of Leicester Tigers following the departure of director of rugby Matt O’Connor. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Dean Richards once dubbed Geordan Murphy the “George Best” of rugby. It is Richards who arrives to Welford Road this weekend with Newcastle Falcons to(...)

Mick Galwey squares up to Victor Costello during the 2001 Celtic League final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

December 2001, the Celtic League final at Lansdowne Road, and all hell is about to break loose.  Munster are shredding the Leinster forwards. Th(...)

Joe Canning: “Like we’ve played five or six games for the last couple of years. Even if we got one game per year.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway’s three-time All Star Joe Canning says that hurling in the county is suffering because of a lack of big championship matches to showcase at hom(...)

A dejected  Paul O’Connell leaves the field following the defeat by Leinster at Thomond Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul O’Connell and Munster will find out today if the citing commissioner at Saturday's derby in Thomond Park, Eddie Walsh, will cite the Munst(...)

Munster's Paul O'Connell tackled by Matt Hopper of Harlequins.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s back, the rivalry that has defined Irish rugby in the professional era more than any other, and last weekend’s European wins in London, e(...)

Paul O'Connell celebrates his team's victory over Harlequins. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Warren Gatland has put the brakes on the Paul O'Connell bandwagon but will be in Cork this weekend to run the rule over Ireland's British and I(...)

 Rob Penney speaks to Peter O’Mahony prior to kickoff against Harlequins. The Munster coach got so much right on the day.  Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Doctors differ and patients die but when coaches or the executives that appoint them do it can be far worse. Last week the focus was on the thr(...)

Paul O’Connell salutes the fans. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It finally happened. On Sunday afternoon at The Stoop, watching the controlled ferocity of the Munster pack squeeze the life out of Harlequins,(...)

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