Seanie O Brien

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Leinster’s  Tadhg Furlong reacts as he scores the first try during the Champions Cup final  between Leinster and Saracens at St James’ Park  in Newcastle. Photograph:   Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Summertime, and the sporting seasons are overlapping. Being a proud Wexford man, Tadhg Furlong went along to Parnell Park with a few Leinster teammate(...)

  Rob Kearney celebrates at the final whistle after the battle with Clermont in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

April 2012. Someway, somehow we kept out Clermont Auvergne under blazing Bordeaux sun. Walking back down the tunnel at Stade Chaban-Delmas that unmist(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony wins a lineout and passes to Conor Murray during the Six Nations match against England. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland are in pain but they do not need a wake-up call. Irish flanker Peter O’Mahony pointed out that while the first Irish get-together after the op(...)

James Ryan in action for St Michael’s Collge against Castleknock College in a Leinster Schools junior cup match in March 2011. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The general assumption is rugby careers are shortening. The hits from increased physicality and the success of the game is narrowing the window to rem(...)

Shane Jennings: “Rugby players are very self-critical but we have to learn to be patient, to accept we are not good at what we do [after the game] and just try to get better.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Most people assumed Shane Jennings would be a coach by now. It seemed an obvious route for the man who, along with Leo Cullen, ignited Leinster’s cult(...)

Sean O’Brien is tackled by TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks. Did he raise some important questions? I would contend he did. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The radio was on in the car but I’d no idea what station it was or who was speaking. Noise filtering through my ears, only registering because of the (...)

Maro Itoje  has to feature somewhere at some stage against the All Blacks. Photograph:  Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

One of the points of differences between the Lions and New Zealand teams is how they will go about finding space and creating quick possession. Kiwi (...)

Tommy Seymour, Maro Itoje and Tadhg Furlong. Itoje and Furlong are the sort of men who can help the modern Lions reach new heights.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

History shows us that a Lions tour wastes no time taking an irreparable turn for the worst. This unique squad can only perform if the sum of its parts(...)

A strong indicator of Leinster or Ireland being in a good collective head space is when Sean O’Brien won’t shut up. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The prisoner’s dilemma shows why two perfectly rational individuals – in this example Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton – might not cooperate, even if it(...)

Conor Murray’s try was pivotal against France but his game management was arguably even more important in getting Ireland over the line. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

I hope supporters enjoyed this victory over France. The reaction afterwards seemed to focus on why Ireland only came away with a solitary try, but a r(...)

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