Ryan Crotty

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Ngani Laumape is looking to seize his Rugby World Cup chance when the All Blacks face Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Marty Melville

Rugby Championship, Saturday July 20th, Argentina v New Zealand, Buenos Aires (Sky Sports Action, kick-off 7.05pm) A lingering hamstring injury to So(...)

Sevu Reece of the Crusaders scores a try during the Super Rugby semi-final against the Hurricanes in Christchurch. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho/Photosport

Canterbury Crusaders 30 Wellington Hurricanes 26 The Canterbury Crusaders just about remained on course for a 10th Super Rugby title when they outlas(...)

A Division 1A game between UCD and Lansdowne at Belfield. Some sunlight needs to shine in the dark places of the AIL. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Most of the world’s professional rugby clubs are not financially independent. They rely on wealthy presidents to tip in cash, or are propped up by the(...)

Kieran Read, 33, has said he is likely to leave New Zealand after the 2019 World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Racing 92’s bid to sign the New Zealand captain Kieran Read after next year’s World Cup on a £1million-a-year contract could be gazumped if Premiershi(...)

  Ireland’s players form a guard of honour for New Zealand at the end of the match. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Warning to offshore Kiwis: return home predicting a New Zealand loss at your peril. Definitely don’t do it on national television. The grief! Before(...)

 Jonathan Sexton celebrates as New Zealand’s Ben Smith is forced into touch late on at the Aviva.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpoh

Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 So much for having to score at least four tries to beat the New Zealand. In beating the back-to-back world champions for a (...)

All Blacks loosehead Karl Tu’inukuafe. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

15 Damian McKenzie Club: Chiefs Age: 23 Height: 5’9” Weight: 83kg (13st 1lb) Caps: 21 A standout performer at Twickenham, McKenzie’s low-centre of g(...)

Rob Kearney with Bundee Aki, Sam Arnold and Dave Kilcoyne during Ireland training at Carton House.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As befits the reigning Grand Slam champions and the second best team in the world currently, no Irish team has been more consistent over a three-game (...)

Dan Leavy and James Ryan celebrate victory over England in Twickenham. They two of the new breed – used to winning silverware. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland must get used to being world leaders. This cultural movement is happening before our eyes. Saturday against these All Blacks could provide the(...)

Ryan Crotty takes an offload from Dane Coles (not pictured) to score the winning try in the closing moments against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

For year upon year we heard Irish players talk of the motivation that went with the chance to make history, to be part of the first Irish team to beat(...)

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