Peter Smyth

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David Nucifora: “Covid has affected us all in different ways . . . Personally, it’s put different stresses on me, separated from my family  [in Australia], which is difficult.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Appropriately after such a challenging 15 months, especially financially, David Nucifora was notably less bullish than in his previous end-of-year or (...)

Richie Murphy has been named the new Ireland under-20 head coach for the next two seasons. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Richie Murphy has been named as the new Ireland under-20 head coach for the next two seasons, taking over from Kieran Campbell, who is to leave his ro(...)

Kieran Campbell has stepped down from his role as Ulster Academy manager and Ireland under-20 coach. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Kieran Campbell’s decision to step down as Ulster Academy manager and also as the Ireland Under-20 coach to take up an appointment, reported to be wit(...)

Peter Smyth, IRFU head of elite player development: “Identifying players’ physical attributes, technical attributes, tactical attributes; they will stand out at some element of the game in the initial stage and they will be flagged.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The future of Irish rugby is currently wedded to a process identifying 320 young players that are affiliated to National Talent Squad (NTS) or Provinc(...)

 Caelan Doris, n action against Wales, will again start in the Irish backrow against England this weekend. File photograph: Inpho

Back in April 2015, Ireland played Wales in the European Under-18 Championship in Toulouse. During an injury break, the Irish forwards went into a hud(...)

Hugo Keenan during Leinster squad training. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

During Ireland’s famous win over New Zealand in the 2016 Under-20 World Championship in Manchester, the head coach, Nigel Carolan, recalls a key momen(...)

Action from the Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A match between UCD and Clontarf at   Belfield back in February. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

The IRFU have outlined structures for the coming season in relation to club rugby and a fixture schedule of interprovincial matches and Sevens tournam(...)

Denis Naughten, Independent candidate for the Roscommon-Galway constituency, speaks to Willie Burke in his shoe repair shop, during his canvass in Ballinasloe. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“There are three shops closing,” Willie Burke, who runs a shoe repair shop on Ballinasloe’s Main Street, tells local Independent TD Denis Naughten as (...)

Officials from the Department of Communications want to make it mandatory that ducting for high-speed broadband be included for new house planning permission to be obtained.

New homes may be required to have high-speed broadband cabling installed in order to gain planning approval under plans being advanced by Government. (...)

Garry Ringrose in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

For the fifth time in the last 11 years, Leinster’s chances of winning a Heineken Champions Cup final are noticeably enhanced by having a brilliant nu(...)

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