Ronan O Gara

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Munster head coach Johann van Graan: Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

What the hell to make of Munster? Their head coach, along with two of his three assistants, is leaving at the end of the season. There have even been (...)

Toulouse’s Maxime Medard celebrates with Cheslin Kolbe and Baptiste Germainthe after the club’s  Champipns Cup victory over La Rochelle  at Twickenham last May. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Facing into rounds three and four of the Heineken Champions Cup, the supposed blue riband of European club rugby along with the Challenge Cup are on a(...)

Paul O’Connell has had a big impact since taking over as Ireland forwards coach. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paul O’Connell will not be taking over from Johann van Graan as Munster head coach after ruling himself out of the running for the role. The former M(...)

Ciara Griffin with her teammates at the Ireland Women’s Rugby Squad Captain’s Run in the RDS, Dublin, on November 19th, ahead of her last game, against Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Christmas heralds a time of the year that invites reflection while simultaneously turning thoughts towards the future. It’s about making plans, chock-(...)

Munster’s United Rugby Championship match against Leinster on St Stephen’s Day at Thomond Park  will now have a capacity of 5,000. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster will host their biggest crowd since the traditional festive derby with Leinster almost two years ago when Castres visit Thomond Park on Saturd(...)

Ulster have been boosted by the inclusion of South Africa number eight Duane Vermeulen for their Champions Cup opener away to Clermont Auvergne. Photograph:  Ashley Western/PA Wire

Teams: Bath, Clermont Auvergne, Exeter, Glasgow, LEINSTER, Montpellier, Northampton, Ospreys, Racing 92, Sale, Stade Rochelais, ULSTER. Click here fo(...)

Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle start their Champions Cup campaign  at home to Glasgow. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

The reformatted four-game sprint to the knock-out stages of the Heineken Champions Cup seems to be particularly suited to the French sides when set am(...)

Johnny Sexton in action against New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final  defeat in Japan. ‘Perhaps we were brought back down to earth in our last game against them so we’ve got to respond.’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In more ways than one, both before and subsequently, it’s worked out for the best that Johnny Sexton’s 100th cap came last week. Not only was there (...)

Ronan O’Gara believes Ireland could spring a surprise against the All Blacks. Photo: Lionel Hahn/Getty Images

Suddenly it seems, everyone - even previous doubters - are on board. Not that he was a critic, but even Ronan O’Gara is one of those so enthused by th(...)

Johnny Sexton celebrates after sealing a series win over Australia in 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s something about centuries, in any sport. Irish rugby is no different. Although it’s become more commonplace, it’s still an elite club, and tod(...)

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