Jamie Heaslip: “His medical file was the thinnest of any player in the game. A standing joke. Then a bolt from the blue. That dark irony escapes nobody.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It could be a cautionary tale about professional rugby. Then again Jamie Heaslip follows Luke Fitzgerald and Kevin McLaughlin, two of the more recent (...)

Jamie Heaslip celebrates following the victory over New Zealand at Soldier’s Field, Chicago in 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When it comes to analysing Jamie Heaslip’s stellar career, he undoubtedly ranks as one of the great number eights, perhaps even the greatest ever in t(...)