Sean O Brien

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 Jordan Larmour of Ireland during a Six Nations match against France at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Nobody remotely affiliated with Irish rugby wants to meditate over another four-year cycle. But, mustering as much gusto as possible in early January (...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

 Leinster’s Jimmy O’Brien:  “I’d say I was more of an introvert.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan

As soon as the former England coach settled into Dublin, during the autumn of 2016, he showed Leinster players his own personality profile. They saw (...)

Bundee Aki at Connacht Rugby Squad training in the Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The forecast for Galway on Sunday afternoon is dry and sunny but on Wednesday afternoon, as the Connacht squad returned to the dressing-room following(...)

Devin Toner at the Leinster Rugby Captain’s Run in the  RDS, Dublin on Friday. Mystery still surrounds his exclusion from Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup: Leinster v Benetton Rugby, RDS, Saturday, 3.15pm - Live on BT Sport 3 The mystery surrounding Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ir(...)

 Connacht’s Sean O’Brien picked up an injury during his province’s significant defeat to Leinster at the  Sportsground. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Connacht are anxiously waiting for positive news on the injury front ahead of their return to Champions Cup rugby, while coming to terms with their “r(...)

JJ Hanrahan goes down with a suspected hamstring injury during the victory over Ulster at Thomond Park. With Carbery already ruled out, Munster face trip to Ospreys with just one established outhalf Tyler Bleyendaal fit. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It seems far too soon for European rugby but it is upon us. That is the general unspoken consensus as the Irish provinces struggle to cope with mounti(...)

Bundee Aki at Connacht’s training session at the Sportsground in Galway on Tuesday. Photograph:  Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Connacht are expected to welcome the return of their World Cup players Jack Carty and Bundee Aki for Friday evening’s first interprovincial of the sea(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt acknowledges the crowd as he walks down from the coaching box after the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Tokyo. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nobody bar the ultimate winners, or in the case of Irish rugby, Brian O’Driscoll, gets to pen their own exit, and it’s particularly ironic that in ext(...)

Cian Healy and Josh van der Flier during Ireland’s defeat to the All Blacks. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rob Kearney If this must be the end of a great international career - the most decorated Irish rugby player in history when we tally all the medals a(...)

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