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Ireland and Munster prop John Ryan is ready for his first bit of Rugby World Cup action on Thursday against Russia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It has, he admits, been a funny old route, but John Ryan is finally about to realise a childhood dream. The 31-year-old becomes Ireland’s oldest Rugby(...)

Jerry Flannery pictured with Rassie Erasmus during his time as Munster director of rugby. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jerry Flannery has an intimate knowledge of South Africa’s coaching team on a personal and professional level, specifically head coach Rassie Erasmus,(...)

Tadhg Beirne: his  incredible engine gets him into situations where an extra set of hands become a vital link. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paddy Johns has no knee cartilage but the 50-year-old remains an iron man. Literally. The former Ireland captain does triathlons in his spare time awa(...)

Munster backs’ coach Felix Jones: “I think I’ve learned more about rugby in the last 18 months than I ever did as a player.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At just 30 years of age, Felix Jones is the youngest full-time coach with any of the provincial set-ups. It’s been a rapid rise since his playing car(...)

Cork Constitution’s Niall Kenneally and team-mates celebrate the Division 1A final victory over Clontarf at the Aviva. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Last weekend Cork Constitution retained the Cork Charity Cup – one of four trophies they won in a remarkable 2016-2017 season. They also triumphed in(...)

Girvan Dempsey has been shadowing Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Next man sitting the Joe Schmidt refresher course is Rob Penney. Actually, the former Munster coach is hosting Ireland at his NTT Shining Arcs. The (...)

Muhammad Ali: accidental boxer was ranked the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine. Photograph: Getty Images

The Greatest Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a house painter, the man who would change h(...)

Prop John Ryan, in action against Leicester at Welford Road, won his first cap for Ireland against Canada in November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John Ryan hasn’t exactly been an overnight sensation. But at 28, Ryan is enjoying something of a breakthrough season. Finally establishing himself as (...)

Tipperary  captain Brendan Maher during his time with the Adelaide Strikers in Australia whom he joined for two weeks in an episode of the ‘The Toughest Trade’

If you’re buying just one sports book for yourself or your loved ones this Christmas, it will probably be Paul O’Connell’s autobiography The Battle, w(...)

James Lowe of the Maori All Blacks runs in for a try in their victory over the USA Eagles. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Munster v Maori All Blacks, Thomond Park, Friday, 7.30pm (Live Eir Sport) Munster already find themselves in the midst of an unbelievably draining (...)

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