Ger Carmody (centre) looks on at a fixture against the All Blacks during the British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand in 2017. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ger Carmody’s title is Head of Operations at the IRFU, although the colloquial terms, pathfinder or facilitator, perhaps best encapsulates his role. (...)

Some of Ireland’s backroom team of Ger Carmody, Jason Cowman, Willie Bennett, David Hanley, Keith Fox, Dr Ciaran Cosgrave, Dave Revins, Richie Murphy and John Moran pitchside at Solider Field, Chicago in November 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Over the 32 years since the first Rugby World Cup co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia in 1987, nothing has really remained the same. The tournament(...)