Ronan O Gara

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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,(...)

Andrew Conway on the ball during Ireland’s win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

Andrew Conway has admitted Ireland’s players face a nerve-wracking Sunday waiting to find out their World Cup fate. The Munster wing impressed in Ire(...)

Joe Schmidt looks on during Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Old school mentality needed There’s a seminal moment in the 2003 film Old School when Frank The Tank gives a heroic team talk to his frat buddies des(...)

South Africa-born Jean Kleyn (third right) lines out with the Ireland team ahead of the game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

The residency rule had social media seething this week. South African-born Jean Kleyn was in and Kerry’s Ultan Dillane had been ditched. It struck a n(...)

Michael Kiernan celebrates the drop goal that sealed victory over England and a Triple Crown for Ireland in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland kick-start their preparations for the World Cup in the first of four warm-up games today as they seek to boldly go where no Irish team has eve(...)

 Johnny Sexton claps England’s Owen Farrell off the pitch following the home defeat in the Six Nations which inflicted significant psychological damage on Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Rugby Championship is making for somewhat uncomfortable viewing from this side of the global spectrum. Having provided all four semi-finalists at (...)

Shane Lowry is the fifth Irish winner of the Open Championship. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has congratulated Irish golfer Shane Lowry on winning the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Co Antrim on Sunday(...)

 Richie Mo’unga of the Crusaders dives over to score a try during the Super Rugby quarter-final match against  the Highlanders  in Christchurch. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Canterbury Crusaders 38 Otago Highlanders 14 Outhalf Richie Mo’unga grabbed two tries in a flawless 23-point game as the Canterbury Crusaders stormed(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray after his team’s defeat to Saracens in the Champions Cup semi-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster have been drawn in the Pool of death in next season’s European Champions Cup. Johann van Graan’s side were placed in Pool 4 alongside Saracens(...)

Ronan O’Gara is to join La Rochelle as head coach. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Ronan O’Gara has been appointed as head coach of French Top 14 club La Rochelle for next season. The former Munster, Ireland and Lions outhalf spent f(...)

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