Paul O Connell

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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(...)

Stade Français’ Paris French centre Gael Fickou eludes Racing 92 number eight Antonie Claassen during the French Top 14 clash at Jean-Bouin Stadium in Paris. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Donnacha Ryan enjoyed the bragging rights after Sunday’s Parisian duel in the French Top 14 as he helped Racing 92 to a 17-16 victory over a Stade Fra(...)

Sam Warburton was forced to retire due to injury. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

In a summer which saw the premature retirements of the Lions captain Sam Warburton and the Newcastle prop Scott Wilson through injury, and a few month(...)

Simon Zebo: scored his first competitive try for Racing but they still slumped to heavy home defeat to Clermont. Photograph:  Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images

Simon Zebo scored his first competitive try for Racing 92 but it did little to prevent a disastrous 40-17 home loss to Clermont Auvergne yesterday. R(...)

Racing 92’s Argentine wing Juan Imhoff scores a try in the victory over RC Toulon in the French Top 14 game at the Mayol stadium in Toulon. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty

The Irish in Paris were the big winners in France on the opening weekend of the Top 14 with both Simon Zebo and Paul O’Connell enjoying big away wins (...)

Participants in the ‘Leadership for Life’ conference at Maynooth University: standing from left, Karina Tropman, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, DeAlbert Shepherd, New York, Ashling Dunphy, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, and Callum Maxwell, Oldcastle, Co Meath; front row from left, Liadh Hennessy, Ballineen, Co Cork, Fergal Flood, Monaghan and Rebecca Battle, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“The young people of today . . . ” is a sentence that rarely ends well. It usually signals a rant about teenagers’ obsession with technology, abuse o(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander makes one of his 15 carries in Sydney. Photograph: Getty Images

Man of match CJ Stander has been Ireland’s best player in 2018. Yes, the rise of phenomenal home-grown St Michael’s boys Dan Leavy and James Ryan has(...)

Tommy Bowe: Scored  30 tries in just 69 caps, he is currently second only to Brian  O’Driscoll in Ireland’s list of all-time leading try scorers.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Whereas Australia retain only four players from their match-day squad when Ireland shook the 2011 World Cup with that memorable 15-6 win over the Wall(...)

Ireland U20 assistant coach Paul O’Connell at the World Rugby U20 Championship last month: “I have to move away from the emotional state I had as a player.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Paul O’Connell’s voice reverberates around the Ricoh Arena, one lightly dusted with supporters on a bitterly cold March night. He’s living every momen(...)

Leinster’s James Ryan is tackled by Rob Evans of the Scarlets during the Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium in April.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s said that sport and politics don’t mix when, patently, that is not the case. In any event, it’s scarcely true of James Ryan. Not only was Ryan bo(...)

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