Sean Maitland

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Nathan Earle scores  Saracens’  fourth try during the  Premiership final against  Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Saracens 27 Exeter 10 Saracens were crowned Aviva Premiership champions for a third time in four seasons after ending Exeter’s title reign at Twicken(...)

Chris Wyles of Saracens scores his side’s third try during the Aviva Premiership semi-final against  Wasps at Allianz Park. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Saracens 57 Wasps 33 Owen Farrell’s flawless goalkicking helped Saracens overwhelm Wasps 57-33 in an action-packed Aviva Premiership semi-final at Al(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray protests before being awarded a try during the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Toulon at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

There were a number of issues that arose from what constituted a superb weekend in the Champions Cup for Munster and Leinster with both claiming semi-(...)

 Owen Farrell during Saracens training in St Albans this week. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

England outhalf Owen Farrell has been named in the Saracens team for Sunday’s European Champions Cup quarter-final clash against Leinster. Farrell s(...)

Maro Itoje of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at London Stadium last weekend. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

What is the more energy efficient ‘fuel’ to propel a team in sport, the pain of disappointment or the elixir of success? There isn’t a definitive answ(...)

Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell, those uber competitive international rivals and two-time Lions team-mates, will both be making their 60th appearances in the competition. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Plenty of water has passed under the bridge since the quarter-final line-up for the European Champions Cup was finalised on the third weekend in Janua(...)

Ireland’s number eight CJ Stander goes to ground the ball at the base of the post during Ireland’s Six Nations win over England at Twickenham. Photo: Ben Stansall/Getty Images

You have cast your votes and the results are in for The Irish Times Readers 2018 Six Nations Awards. Coming in with a resounding 58 per cent of the v(...)

Nine Irish players have been included in our team of the tournament. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

When it comes to picking the team of the tournament there’s a temptation to pick 15 Irish players. Their collective performance in winning five from f(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal in the opening Six Nations clash with France. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Sexton’s drop goal v France It seems ludicrous to suggest that a Grand Slam can be attributed to one score over 400-minutes and five matches(...)

Sean Maitland  scores Scotland’s third try during the  Six Nations match against  Italy  at Stadio Olimpico  in Rome. Photograph: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Italy 27 Scotland 29 Greig Laidlaw’s last-gasp penalty ensured Scotland avoided a final-day slip-up as they edged out Italy 29-27 in Rome. Victory e(...)

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