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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen speaking to the press ahead of his side’s Champions Cup clash with Bath. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll’s revelations about a history of regular difene, co-codamol and diazepam use by players in Irish professional rugby has upset staff a(...)

Joe Schmidt with Brian O’Driscoll after Leinster’s 2011 Heineken Cup final win over Northampton. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Google search when Joe Schmidt first landed on these shores in 2010 was clogged by namesakes; a Hall of Fame NFL linebacker, a Ukrainian born teno(...)

 Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell: “I couldn’t watch the Irish defensive effort [against New Zealand] without lamenting the loss England suffered when Andy Farrell was allowed to slip through the net.”  Photograph: Reuters

The England rugby football union has come under renewed flak, from Steve Hansen and now Lawrence Dallaglio, for letting Andy Farrell leave the fold. (...)

Ireland capped off a stellar year with a Guinness Series win over the All Blacks on Saturday but can they translate it into World Cup success? Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland have scooped their third ever Six Nations Grand Slam, beaten Australia in a Test series Down Under and toppled New Zealand for the first time (...)

Tadhg Furlong Jonathan Sexton CJ Stander and Bundee Aki celebrate after Saturday’s result Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Not the least extraordinary aspect of the revolution under Joe Schmidt’s watch is not so much how the rest of the world views Irish rugby, but more ho(...)

Peter O’Mahony claims a lineout. He took the game to New Zealand at every turn during the  historic night at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony smiling on national television. What’s rare is wonderful. We can’t hear him because the Fields of Athenry reverberates around the sta(...)

Rory Best will captain Ireland against Argentina having missed the summer tour of Australia through injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rory Best is normally as tough as old boots, and a player who freely admits that unlike injury-prone players he was never encumbered with fast twitch (...)

 New Zealand’s  Ryan Crotty crosses the line to score the winning try in the last minute of the 2013 clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Look at the All Blacks bench from Sunday, November 24th, 2013. Today’s best player in the world, Beauden Barrett, arrived to cause serious damage. I (...)

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(...)

Tadhg Beirne: his  incredible engine gets him into situations where an extra set of hands become a vital link. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paddy Johns has no knee cartilage but the 50-year-old remains an iron man. Literally. The former Ireland captain does triathlons in his spare time awa(...)

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