Stuart Lancaster

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Munster players celebrate at the final whistle after their victory over Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken  Champions Cup at Stade Marcel-Michelin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Knowing me, knowing you. Stuart Lancaster on Johann van Graan provides as much goodwill as the South African’s response to the Cumbrian’s praise. Tis(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and assistant coach Mike Catt look on in the Ireland-Georgia match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rejoice for 2021 Like so many others, The Offload is ignoring the three pillars of rugby union (racism, doping and concussion) to focus on a brighter(...)

James Ryan: “He’ll move on very quickly and he’ll roll his sleeves up. If he’s got captaincy he’ll want to do a great job,” says Lancaster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The game against England at Twickenham may have been perceived as the biggest Ireland face in the series. But how they finish the tournament is import(...)

James Ryan has captained every team he has played for in his career. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP via Getty Images

Future Irish captain is a tag that has accompanied James Ryan ever since he broke into the team, wearily so for the young man himself, but not any lon(...)

 Rhys Ruddock scores  a try for Ireland in the World Cup  against Russia at  Kobe City, Japan. That match against Russia was his  first, and thus far only, competitive start. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Back in the summer of 2010, a 19-year-old with a prodigious build and talent was rerouted from the IRB Under-20 World Championship in Argentina, where(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy was the hero on Saturday in Wales. Photograph: Inpho

The 2020/21 season is going well if . . . After watching events unfold at the RDS on Friday we envisaged Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad for Paris conta(...)

 Leo Cullen: ‘When you come up against the best teams you’ve got to make sure you get a lot right on the day.’ Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Ever since their exit from the Champions Cup, Leinster have been told the Pro14 didn’t toughen them up sufficiently for the quarter-final with Saracen(...)

Stuart Lancaster would welcome the addition of further South African franchises to the Pro14. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Stuart Lancaster knows a thing or two about England and Saracens, and amid the ongoing hangover brought about by Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-fina(...)

 Mark McCall talks to the media after his team’s win over Leinster on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Inpho

‘That’s Life’ by Frank Sinatra blared from giant speakers in the Aviva rafters as Maro Itoje and Vincent Koch strolled off the turf behind a flash of (...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens touches down to score his team’s second try during the Champions Cup Final match between Saracens and Leinster at St James’s Park last year. Photograph: Getty

Of all the games Leinster supporters wanted to attend, and of all the games Leinster wanted their supporters to fill the Aviva Stadium and be in full (...)

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