Peter Bracken

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Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In February the tweeters among them came alive. Not about rugby or to remember Marcoussis. One by one they sent love to their former coach over in Con(...)

Ireland Rugby Squad Gym Session, Melbourne, Australia11/6/2018 Andrew Porter Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

He doesn’t chase the numbers any more. As a teenager he was obsessed by them: the bench press, the squat, the deadlift. He lent a lot of time to reps (...)

Grace Davitt and Lynne Cantwell after Ireland’s remarkable defeat of the All Blacks in the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

From there to here is some journey. The Women’s Rugby World Cup comes to Belfast via Dublin in 2017. Even slipping into the recent past, February 2(...)

 Irish players warm up in the Keep Rugby Clean IRB Anti-doping tee shirts before the 2014 Junior World Championship match against Fiji  in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Jason Oxenham/Getty

Within the last 18 months, one of the Irish provinces made contact with the Irish Sports Council regarding one of their players. The player had made h(...)

 Elodie Guiglion of France dives to score against Ireland  in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 3rd/4th Place Playoff at Stade Jean-Bouin  in Paris. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

France 25 Ireland 18So, Fiona Coghlan’s Ireland finish fourth at the World Cup and, like other Irish heroines before them, fall agonisingly short of t(...)

Maggie Alphonsi (centre) of England taking on Karen Paquin of Canada during the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

England and Canada playing out a 12-12 draw in a last pool game on Saturday was convenient as it took The Black Ferns out of the tournament.France we(...)

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle following the victory over New Zealand at the FFR headquarters in Marcoussis. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The day begins at different times for everyone and for some, like Ireland’s video analyst Lenny Browne, it never ends at all. For most it became a day(...)

Ireland’s Grace Davitt and Lynne Cantwell celebrate after their side’s victory over New Zealand in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter Bracken was a contender. A genuine contender. Always had the size. Has a Heineken Cup medal too, won with Wasps in 2007. An Ireland cap passe(...)

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton, Ashleigh Baxter and Niamh Briggs celebrate at the final whistle in Marcoussis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In a quiet moment late last night Philip Doyle visibly winces when it was mentioned this achievement has the Irish women crossing the Black Rubicon be(...)

Ireland forwards coach Peter Bracken talks to his players during an Irish squad session at the  FFR HQ, Marcoussis, Paris. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Enda McNulty, Irish rugby’s motivational guru, will not be pleased by this World Cup portrait starting with a splash of negative hue. It’s those dark (...)

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