Phil Orr

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 Jason O’Mara:  “When things go well all the other disappointments, setbacks and losses fade away. So we learn from the losses and celebrate the wins. That’s when it’s not just a sport it’s a lesson for life.” Photograph: Mchael Tullberg/Getty Images

My introduction to rugby came as a child through my father. He brought me to several matches including a Leinster Schools Cup final involving Clongowe(...)

 Morne Du Plessis leads out his team against the British Lions in 1980 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

No issue has divided or caused more controversy in rugby than apartheid, and specifically the sport’s links with South Africa and the Springboks while(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont is seeking a second term, going against challenger  Agustín Pichot. Photograph: Jason O’Brien/Getty Images

Rugby, like all sports, is feeling utterly powerless right now as it waits to see how it might eventually one day be able to respond to the loosening (...)

James Cronin in action for Munster against Racing 92 at Thomond Park during last November’s Champions Cup game. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

To paraphrase Hunter Thompson ‘We had just finished the warm-up when the prednisolone began to take hold.’ Time to play. Pain free. Where had we hea(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont is being challenged by  vice-chairman Agustín Pichot in Sunday’s vote. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/World Rugby via Getty Images

There may be no more on-field rugby contests for the foreseeable future but a hugely significant match-up takes place on Sunday when the World Rugby C(...)

The Ireland team huddle as they listen to the Rose of Tralee in 1987. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

The late Con Houlihan, a son of Castle Island – he insisted on that spelling – came up with many wonderful lines during his time as Ireland’s premier (...)

Billy Vunipola in action for Saracens on Saturday. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The archaic male committee system Imagine Ailis Mardon-Egan was a man. Her new name could be Phil Orr, Nick Popplewell or Cian Healy. Leinster looshe(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray wins a high ball during the second Test against Australia at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Conor Murray knows full well what it’s like to play in a series decider, and has experienced the whole gamut. He was part of the Lions’ Test series wi(...)

The family of Willie Duggan, including his son Willie, wife Ellen and daughter Monica, follow his coffin as his funeral cortege leaves St Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny after his funeral Mass on Thursday. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

A legend, a leader, a braveheart, a kind, loving and spiritual man - these were among the accolades used to describe Willie Duggan at his funeral Mass(...)

Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus: initial reports suggesting he would return to South Africa in a capacity as director of rugby surfaced in April. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus invoked a release clause in his contract last spring notifying the province and the IRFU of an intention to(...)

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