Paul O Connell

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Even the “Votegate” controversy in the Dáil seems unlikely to hurt Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins in his re-election bid, given that he is the party’s only candidate in the constituency. File photograph: Alan Betson

Limerick County (three seats) Current: 2 FG, 1 FF If there is to be an upset in Limerick County, it will likely come from an Independent taking one (...)

John Kelly of Munster goes over for a try despite the attention of Gloucester’s Thinus Delport at Thomond Park in January 2003. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Miracle Match Munster 33 Gloucester 6 Round six, Thomond Park, Limerick January 18th, 2003 Simple: win by 27 points with four tries or Munster’s(...)

 Jordan Larmour of Ireland during a Six Nations match against France at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Nobody remotely affiliated with Irish rugby wants to meditate over another four-year cycle. But, mustering as much gusto as possible in early January (...)

The scale of the defeat by the All Blacks in the World Cup quarter-finals ensured the most bountiful decade of all  ended on a decidedly bum note. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

That was the decade that was, and while it may have ended on a thoroughly anti-climactic and even slightly tawdry note, it’s worth reminding ourselves(...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

Joe Schmidt with Paul O’Connell in 2014. The coach and captain dynamic between the two proved the catalyst for Ireland winning two Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

I have sat quietly in team meetings when Paul O’Connell strongly disagreed with Joe Schmidt. It felt extremely awkward, as neither man gave an inch, b(...)

 Ian Madigan: has slipped down the pecking order at  Bristol Rugby and looks set to be moving on again next summer. Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Turns out the grass isn’t always greener. Bundee Ali and Kiernan Marmion appear to agree by rejecting lucrative moves abroad when re-signing last week(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates his try against Toulon with team-mates in last year’s quarter-final clash at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As they know too well, Munster have not won the Heineken Champions Cup since 2008. They and their supporters may have become a little frustrated with (...)

“You don’t have to win on the scoreboard. You only have to be a good person - who does their best.”

As he launches his new memoir, Joe Schmidt tells Keith Duggan he’ll go back to work at some stage. He’s just not sure what at. It was a humdrum(...)

Ireland after defeat to the All Blacks in their  World Cup quarter-final in  Tokyo. “We got a lesson in how to play knock-out rugby, and how to play hard and physical.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll has called on Irish rugby to radically change its approach, and place an emphasis on skills, particularly passing, from grassroots le(...)

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