Rory Best

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 Andy Farrell with Jonathan Sexton ahead of the Russia game at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

With the dawn of a new era under Andy Farrell, so the winds of change have swept through the Ireland squad for the 2020 Six Nations. It’s a similar st(...)

Johnny Sexton has been confirmed as Ireland’s captain for the upcoming six nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton follows the recent trend of 30-plus Ireland captains, following Rory Best and Paul O’Connell, as new head coach Andy Farrell confirmed t(...)

Ulster fullback Will Addison goes off injured during the Heineken Champions Cup match away to Clermont Auvergne. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

While Ulster have no further update on the injury status of fullback Will Addison or prop Marty Moore, the two players will be sweating as coach Andy (...)

Ulster team manager Bryn Cunningham: ‘I came in around November 2014 and we had a very strong first XV on paper that year and in subsequent years but there wasn’t the depth below that.’ Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

It is March 2018, the Belfast rape trial is ongoing, when Ulster hosts a meeting with season ticket holders. The room is soaked in vitriol as supporte(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose scores his team’s seventh try against Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 “James, come off now!” commanded doctor to limping lock. James Ryan damaged his calf - and possibly exacerbated it with two t(...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: ‘In certain circumstances, a losing bonus point is not the end of the world.’ Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Northampton Saints v Leinster, Franklin's Garden, Saturday, 1pm (Live Virgin Media, Channel Four and BT Sport 2) After a week of reviews, comment and(...)

Leinster’s James Ryan celebrates victory over Glasgow in last season’s Pro14 final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The conversation is brief. But at times it seems as if James Ryan feels he is being coaxed down a rabbit hole. His natural stillness, his unflappabili(...)

Rory Best “I think we started to become - not dictated to - but we just let Joe do everything.”

Rory Best believes that Ireland’s World Cup meltdown in Japan was impacted by “too much detail” from the coaches creating “too much tension” in the ca(...)

Rory Best will captain the Barbarians team to play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Former Ireland captain Rory Best will captain the Barbarians team to play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. France centre Mathieu Bastareaud lines up in (...)

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