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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall pictured before the Heineken Champions Cup match against Racing 92  at Allianz Park back in January. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

The life and times of Mark McCall will always be connected to Saracens FC. That also means the Bangor native is tainted by a level of disgrace attaina(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne reacts after kicking a penalty to take the lead over Ulster in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final a, Aviva Stadium, Dublin in March 2019. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andrew Trimble had enough belief in himself to make a game-altering tackle during Ireland’s monumental victory over the All Blacks in Chicago on Novem(...)

Rob Herring and Rónan Kelleher during an Ireland training session at Abbotstown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rónan Kelleher (Leinster) Age: 22 Height: 1.83m (6’) Weight: 105kg (16st 6lbs) Leinster appearances: 13 (nine tries) Caps: 3 Why he’s so important? (...)

Brian O’Driscoll scores a try in the Six Nations Championship game between Ireland and France on February 7th, 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll had barely turned 20 when he announced himself to the world in his rookie season with that hat-trick in Paris. He was only 21 when he(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton is tackled by England’s  Tom Curry during the Six Nations match at Twickenham back in February. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

We’ve seen the pictures of a new, beefed-up Johnny Sexton, but according to Andy Farrell it’s as much how the Leinster and Irish captain has worked on(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and his teammates celebrate Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam win. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Imagine, for a moment, if Brian O’Driscoll hadn’t captained Ireland to a Grand Slam in 2009? If the so-called Golden Generation which also featured Pa(...)

The event is spearheaded by Vinny Hammond, the IRFU’s head of analytics and innovation. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rarely does a sequel surpass the original, but part two of the Analytica Zoom conference is rolling out Irish rugby’s leading men. And, just for good(...)

Iain Henderson and Rory Best arrive at Laganside Magistrates court in Belfast on January 31st, 2018  where Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were on trial accused of raping the same woman. Photograph:  Pacemaker

Rain fell on Iain Henderson and Rory Best as they walked into Laganside Magistrates Court. The incoming and outgoing captains of Ulster wore similarly(...)

Mouthguards are meant primarily for nocturnal use and aim to prevent the ongoing damage that can be caused by grinding or clenching that usually occurs subconsciously during sleep.

In these stressful times you’re either a grinder or a clencher. I’ve been the latter for some time – and am so glad I got my mouthguard fitted be(...)

Tadhg Furlong in action against Scotland during the Six Nations game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 1st. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For players and coaches who have young families, being in lockdown has its pluses. And likewise for those from a farming background. Not a bad time at(...)

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