Ryan Donnacha

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Shane Sweetnam in action during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida earlier this year. Photograph: Aaron Gilbert/Icon SportsWire

Age: 40 Sport: Show Jumping Olympic Horse: Karlin Van’t Vennehof. Another Irish European Championship gold medal winner, Sweetman has been selected(...)

Ronan O’Gara is looking to earn La Rochelle a place in the Top 14 final for the first time. Photograph:  Lionel Hahn/Getty Images

Top 14 semi-final preview: La Rochelle v Racing 92, Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, 8.45pm (7.45pm Irish) – Live on Premier Sports 1 Friday night’s Top 1(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner is tackled by Sam Simmonds and Jacques Vermeulen of Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at  Sandy Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Devin Toner, Michael Bent and Scott Fardy lifted the Pro 14 trophy together after Leinster’s win over Munster five weeks ago, it looked for all t(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has been part of the negotiation process with the seven players whose IRFU central contracts expired this summer. File photograph: PA

Different time, different head coach, wildly contrasting results. For numerous reasons. Beating Scotland and England would fatten up statistics that (...)

 Mike Prendergast: “Luckily in this club the attitude is that the Champions Cup and the Top 14 are on par.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczp/Inpho

Irish rugby should never be secure enough to gloss over the meeting of Munster minds at La Defénse Arena this Saturday afternoon. Ronan O’Gara’s La Ro(...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty in action against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Racing 26 Connacht 22 European rugby continues to compel and confound as Connacht once again stepped onto the big stage and came within a score of p(...)

Tendai Mtawarira of the Cell C Sharks is tackled by Malcolm Marx (L) and Tyrone Green (R) of the Emirates Lions during their Super Rugby clash in April. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Many of rugby’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone and consider the unintended consequences of South Africa moving to t(...)

Siya Kolisi in action for the Stormers. Photograph: Shaun Roy/Getty

Leinster must be confused. For years they were told that the lack of competitiveness, and absence of relegation, in the Pro14 enabled them to prime th(...)

Former Leinster player Noel Reid has joined Agen on a two-year deal. Photograph:  Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Traditionally Irish players have been willing to travel abroad in search of a career in professional rugby when denied options at home but the financi(...)

CJ Stander in action against England’s George Ford during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Strange days. The best-case scenario has rugby returning before summer as panic is eventually replaced by relief and even a little joy. In the likely (...)

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