Sean O Brien

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Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is tackled by  Don Armand of Exeter on Sunday at Sandy Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

This was a win carved out in the trenches, where Tadhg Furlong was his usual immense self as he and his fellow Leinster forwards delivered in spades t(...)

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour in action against the Dragons: he decorated the eight-try win at home  with another try of his own and one inventive assist. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The back-to-back games are, well, back, and as usual that is the cue for the meaty middle of the season. Following on from these pivotal third- and fo(...)

The detail that went  into the play leading to Conor Murray’s crossfield box kick wiper that could have given Adam Byrne an opening for a try against South Africa is unbelievable.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

According to Clonbur’s John-Joe Holleran, “what God left out even Joe Schmidt won’t put in”. This is relevant to Irish sport as style and game plan is(...)

Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman: “I don’t want to go to Munster, Leinster and Ulster and get hammered but I have to take a medium- to long-term plan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bernard Jackman is his own man. But when he was playing with Leinster in 2005, an Australian coach arrived to the RDS and began a wholesale change tha(...)

Coach Kieran Keane: Connacht are light in the back row with both Eoin McKeon  and Jake Heenan   joining Jarrad Butler and  Seán O’Brien on the injury list. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kieran Keane will return to Italy for the first time in 38 years when he takes his Connacht squad to Parma for Saturday’s Pro 14 encounter with Micha(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton shares a joke at the end of the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Absent friends not missed Was Simon Zebo missed? Was Ian Madigan missed? Was Marty Moore missed? While the IRFU decision not to pick players based ou(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton maks the break that led to Jacob Stockdale’s first try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 Job done. The final scoreline is more of a testimony to Argentina’s resilience and spirit, as well as qualities, but Ireland (...)

 Peter O’Mahony in action for the Lions against New Zealand. “I didn’t play as well as I would have hoped in the first Test, but it was a huge honour. I wanted to play in the last two but I wouldn’t be bitter. I enjoyed the tour.” Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Since he was a kid Peter O’Mahony has captained every team he’s ever played for, from the Cork Con Under-12s all the way through to the Lions, which w(...)

Argentina players celebrate beating Ireland in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in what was the last time the two sides met. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Ireland v Argentina Venue: Aviva Stadium Kick-off: 5.30pm On TV: RTE Two/Sky Sports Main Event, 4.30pm The South African game, á la Chicago a year ag(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton at training ahead of the Test match with Argentina. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

15 Rob Kearney (Leinster) Age: 31 Height: 6’2 Weight: 95kg (14st 13lbs) Caps: 77 Points: 67 A long time out with injury he returned against South Af(...)

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