Ronan O Gara

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Rory Best: played in all 51 of Ireland’s matches in the Six Nations from February 4th, 2007 until the second game of the 2017 tournament.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Saturday’s game against Wales, the final match of the 2019 Six Nations Championship, is likely to be Rory Best’s swansong in terms of the tournament i(...)

Joe Schmidt and Rory Best: have led Ireland to unprecedented heights and would love to register a win in Wales in their final Six Nations game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ten years ago we entered this spaceship hovering over the River Taff on the last day of the Six Nations and caught the Welsh with some cold, calculate(...)

 Saturday’s clash in Cardiff will mark Joe Schmidt’s 30th and last Six Nations game as Ireland’s head coach, and also Warren Gatland’s 50th and last for Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland appear to have drawn something of a short straw again. Playing England first-up they ran into a hugely motivated team who’d had a fortnight t(...)

Ireland’s muted celebrations after  Conor Murray secured a bonus point against Italy. The body language of the Irish team in Rome was telling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England remain the only northern hemisphere country to have won the Rugby World Cup, and their 2003 success is therefore seen as something of a templa(...)

Italy’s flanker Jimmy Tuivaiti  tackles Ireland’s centre Chris Farrell during the Six Nations international clash at the   Olympic stadium in Rome. Photograph: Cincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty

Ireland came, saw and while they didn’t quite conquer the Italians, they registered a bonus point 26-16 win after trailing at half-time to keep their (...)

 Conor Murray in action against Scotland; his box kicking has been uncharacteristically poor this year.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

I have some good news and some bad news. Firstly, here is some good news for Ireland. Italy are terrible. Conor O’Shea is a highly intelligent man o(...)

“I’m loving life here. I’m hungry with Munster, and that’s my club, and in terms of Ireland I don’t see why you’d leave.”

Conor Murray’s career has been, more or less, on a steady incline since breaking into the Munster team on their Magners League title-winning run-in in(...)

 Scotland’s Finn Russell in action during the Guinness Six Nations Championship match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Finn Russell. His very name immediately polarises opinion. Many see him as too unpredictable, too unreliable. Others adore his dashing style of outhal(...)

England’s Jonny May scores their first try despite the attempted tackle of Garry Ringrose during the  Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Only 90 seconds in and Jonny May was punching the air in celebration after his try and you sensed the afternoon/evening ahead might be quite a lengthy(...)

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are the most decorated Irish half-back pairing ever in international rugby. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Teams evolve. So it was that when the Grand Slammers of 2009, Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell et al, retired, it turned out not to be the end of t(...)

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