Ryan Donnacha

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Brian Hayes: “To get to come back to a club like Con, where you have the core that has been there since I joined . . . it makes a big difference.”Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

When first he gave up on his dreams of playing for Munster and then put aside his aspirations of being a professional rugby player, Brian Hayes could (...)

Joe Schmidt: Ireland’s head coach has plenty of time still to fine-tune his squad for the next World Cup. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The keening in Ireland following the Six Nations Championship has already dropped a few decibel levels and should bottom out over the next few days as(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony, JJ Hanrahan, Rory Scannell, Billy Holland and Chris Cloete applaud the travelling support after the draw away to Exeter at Sandy Park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

And then there were then 10. Half the Heineken Champions Cup sides remain in contention, and of those only Saracens are through, with all three Irish (...)

 Ulster’s Marty Moore  during training  at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

 Ulster Rugby v Racing 92 (Pool 4) Venue: Kingspan Stadium. Kick-off: Sat, 3.15pm. On TV: Live on BT Sport What’s seldom can indeed be wonder(...)

Billy Holland will make his 200th Munster appearance against Connacht. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Billy Holland will chalk up his 200th appearance for Munster this weekend in Galway but it took the toss of a coin – or several tosses as it turned ou(...)

Ireland’s Sean Cronin  celebrates with Rhys Ruddock, right, after scoring in their victory over  Italy on Saturday in  Chicago. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

Time was when Ireland used to tango with Argentina on a fairly regular basis, so much so it prompted the former Ireland manager Brian O’Brien to liken(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner and Brad Shields of Wasps in the lineout during last week’s Heineken Cup game. Toner admits his side were forced to make adjustments.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If French referee Romain Poite initially appeared a tad pernickety when it came to the lineouts in Leinster’s victory over Wasps last Friday in the op(...)

Donnacha Ryan: has been almost an ever-present for Racing 92 this season as he again proves his worth to the French Top 14 club.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Racing 92 are keen to hold on to Donnacha Ryan and are set to table a new one- or two-year contract for the former Irish international. The 34-year o(...)

Tadhg Beirne: his  incredible engine gets him into situations where an extra set of hands become a vital link. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paddy Johns has no knee cartilage but the 50-year-old remains an iron man. Literally. The former Ireland captain does triathlons in his spare time awa(...)

Stade Français’ Paris French centre Gael Fickou eludes Racing 92 number eight Antonie Claassen during the French Top 14 clash at Jean-Bouin Stadium in Paris. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Donnacha Ryan enjoyed the bragging rights after Sunday’s Parisian duel in the French Top 14 as he helped Racing 92 to a 17-16 victory over a Stade Fra(...)

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