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Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton receives attention during the Captain’s Run. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Such is the way the media and public alike fret over Johnny Sexton like mother hens that any sign of discomfort with the hugely influential outhalf pr(...)

If Ireland complete the Six Nations Grand Slam this year Rory Best will have the third best success rate as captain. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

If Ireland go on to complete the job this season, an umbilical link between the most successful captains in the history of Irish rugby and the Six Nat(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action during the Six Nations  match against France at Stade de France. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

The boy who would be king rises up in Paris. Recently, in conversation with a former Ireland international, we naively compared James Ryan to Paul O’(...)

 Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run in Paris. Photgraph:  Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

When Arsenal legend Tony Adams rang his former boss Arsène Wenger in October 2008 to inform him he was succeeding Harry Redknapp as Portsmouth manager(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson is fully focused on playing his best at this year’s Six Nations. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Iain Henderson has vowed to ignore “highlights-reel” rugby to realise his full potential with Ireland. Ulster lock Henderson bulldozed South Africa t(...)

Ireland under-20 players Jonny Stewart, Diarmuid Barron, head coach Noel McNamara, Sean Masterson and Tommy O’Brien. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

His first love was soccer. But the shape of the ball has done little to stop the surge of Noel McNamara. The almost compulsory career graph from star (...)

'Brian O’Driscoll did things for this country. I don’t think it’s too much to ask people to set aside one day of the year to reflect on that.'

Lauren wants a word. And while I have no issue taking orders from a woman boss – absolutely none whatsoever – I make sure to wait a good five minutes (...)

Richard Branson arrives by Tesla at Powerscourt Estate, having taken a helicopter to the Co Wicklow venue from Dublin city centre. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

When presenter Síle Seoige introduced Ultimo bra entrepreneur Michelle Mone onstage at the Pendulum Summit on Wednesday, the Scottish businesswoman di(...)

Sean O’Brien in action against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.  “I know when I am fit that I can mix it with them all, so that’s what I need to be: fit.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Seán O’Brien says if we all took a scan of our hips we would probably find something wrong. He’s right. A misalignment here, a flaw there and at 60-y(...)

Ireland players leave the pitch after their Six Nations defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What the hell is a good year in Irish rugby anymore? To a large degree, it’s in the eye of the beholder, and whether one is the half glass half full, (...)

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