Tadhg Furlong

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The IRFU reportedly intends to shave off 20 per cent of player salaries in order to save €13 million. File photograph: Inpho

Battle lines drawn ‘Everyone In’ - the sponsorship slogan poured down our throats this past year is ridiculed by the IRFU’s failure to communicate di(...)

 Oli Jager lands awkwardly during  Canterbury’s Mitre 10 Cup match against Southland at Orangetheory stadium  in Christchurch in August 2019. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

False narrative: Oliver Jager was lured away from the land of his birth to pursue the All Blacks dream. In the summer of 2013, a 17-year-old realised(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander scores a try during the 2018 Six Nations clash with England. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Players will no longer be able to score a try by grounding the ball against the base of the post protectors following a law change announced by World (...)

Qualter (right) celebrating a Challenge Cup victory in 2014 with Niyi Adeolokun. Photograph: Inpho

Being a professional rugby player means being paid to do what you love, but for the vast majority, it isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. Danny Qualter (...)

Tadhg Furlong in action against Scotland during the Six Nations game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 1st. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For players and coaches who have young families, being in lockdown has its pluses. And likewise for those from a farming background. Not a bad time at(...)

Everything finds its level. Sport got put in its place last week, snuffed out across the globe like an altar boy’s candle after mass. The pandemic is (...)

Barry Daly makes a break for Leinster against BenettonGuinness at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Barry Daly’s rugby career could bring to mind the popular board game, ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ a volatile sequence of ups and downs. The 27-year-old Lein(...)

Leinster’s Ryan Baird is presented with the player of the match award after his team’s win against Glasgow. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Fresh lock talent The secret is out about Ryan Baird. A big hint came with his presence, alongside fellow 20-year-old Harry Byrne, at Ireland’s Janua(...)

England’s Maro Itoje  scuffles with Ireland’s James Ryan and CJ Stander. Itoje was everywhere, his hands all over the fixture and he wasn’t alone. What a quality athlete and rugby player England have in their No 4 jersey.  Photograph: David Davies/PA

From the start, England laid their cards on the table. Electing for a split kick-off, with number eight Tom Curry sitting in behind George Ford, the o(...)

CJ Stander gets to grips with Maro Itoje during Ireland’s defeat to England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jordan Larmour England exploited space in the Irish backfield ruthlessly early on and miscommunication with Johnny Sexton led to their first try. Sta(...)

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