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Leinster’s Rocky Elsom bursts through the Leicester  defence during the 19-16 win in the 2009 Heineken Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Rocky Elsom’s biographer wastes no time entering the realm of hagiography. “Rocky is like a modern day renaissance man, a Leonardo da Vinci in studs,(...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien in action against Toulouse in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Who will prove the difference at St James’ Park? I think Seánie O’Brien can be the catalyst for Leinster’s fifth European title but there are so many(...)

Dejected Ireland players after the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

And so former Irish coach Warren Gatland becomes the first coach ever to win three Grand Slams. This is St Patrick’s Weekend. We own it, right? The B(...)

Garbally’s Oisin McCormack celebrates scoring a try with Jack Dempsey and Cormac Finn during the Connacht Schools Senior Cup final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Garbally College 31 CBS Roscommon 6 The aristocrats of Connacht Schools’ rugby prevailed over the Roscommon rookies in a new pairing in this year’s T(...)

Wales’ wing Josh Adams  celebrates scoring against England. Wales will now take some stopping on their Grand Slam run. Photograph: Getty Images

Momentum, momentum, momentum. As Ireland search for it, Wales have it, yet the margins are tiny. On opening night Wales were in almost as tricky a spo(...)

England’s Jonny May scores their first try despite the attempted tackle of Garry Ringrose during the  Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Only 90 seconds in and Jonny May was punching the air in celebration after his try and you sensed the afternoon/evening ahead might be quite a lengthy(...)

Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani (second left) tackles Munster’s Rory Scannell (centre), resulting in a red card during the Heineken European Champions Cup match at Thomond Park, Limerick on October 20th.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In the 11th minute of the last meeting between Ireland and New Zealand, at the Aviva Stadium in November 2016, Robbie Henshaw carried into contact wit(...)

Racing 92’s French winger Teddy Thomas  celebrates with  Simon Zebo  after scoring a try against Ulster in Paris. Photograph:  Geoffrey Vand der Haselt/AFP/Getty

Peace process Exclusive: Nigel Owens nominated for Nobel Peace Prize following courageous intervention on behalf of Mikey Lowry after “the kid” was (...)

Freddie Burns reacts after his mistake against Toulouse. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leo Cullen used a great word the other night in his interview ahead of Leinster’s rout of Wasps. When he was quizzed about his side’s apparent willing(...)

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