Stephen Ferris

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New Zealand players perform the Haka on the pitch before the England. It would be best not to sing ‘The Fields of Athenry’ when they come to Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

You couldn’t but fear for England when Twickenham attempted to drown out the Haka with that Chariot tune; the one thing you really don’t need to be do(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway scores his side’s first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Man of match Peter O’Mahony. Not enough tackles (five) and little impact with ball in hand (eight carries for a paltry six metres), coming after many(...)

Peter O’Mahony out jet skiing during the Ireland squad's down day in Brisbane. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Time was when the Southern Hemisphere superpowers were all too evidently ignorant about Irish sides, trotting out clichéd stuff about pride and passio(...)

Ireland celebrate at the full-time whistle  after defeating England  at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Twickenham. The worst place to lose, but the best place to win. Come the full-time whistle this afternoon the ground will either be reverberating to S(...)

The Ireland team celebrate winning the Grand Slam at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Consulting, farming, coaching and media darlings aplenty, here are the 2009 Grand Slammers revisited. The campaign got off to a stunning start with J(...)

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(...)

Former Ireland international rugby player Stephen Ferris: “They are the Arsenal of the Premier League. They are the underachievers.”  File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

“There is just something not right,” says Stephen Ferris with more than a hint of annoyance in his voice. His old team Ulster are flopping one week, p(...)

Ugo Monye: brings a touch of expertise combined with  humour to his analyst’s role.

‘Metaphors be with you,’ could become a catch-cry for sports’ commentators and analysts, particularly those that inadvertently mangle the English lang(...)

Peter O’Keeffe and Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty are new caps on the Irish team for the Home Internationals. Photograph: Inpho

Home International team Irish Amateur Open Champion Peter O’Keeffe and Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty are new caps on the Irish team for the Home Internat(...)

After a 15 point victory you’d imagine it’ll be the hosts who’ll be licking their lips.

Perhaps not since the millennium loomed had there been a build-up quite like it. And while some sporting strays might have assumed Sky’s countdown clo(...)

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