Tadhg Furlong

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Tadhg Furlong in action against Australia last November. “Test matches  take so much out of you physically, mentally, emotionally.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At first glance, it might seem Tadhg Furlong has lost the run of himself, trading in his Renault for a Jaguar. But that couldn’t be further from the (...)

Adam Byrne’s arrival from a lovely hidden position off the blind wing against Castres was all but unreadable. His acceleration allowed him ghost through the gap. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

That Adam Byrne was overlooked for the extended Ireland squad shows the depth of wing options Joe Schmidt has entering the Six Nations. Adam’s time(...)

 Johnny Sexton in action against Castres  in the European  Champions Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The presence of Paddy Jackson as the only back-up at outhalf to Johnny Sexton is a strong indication that Sexton will be fit to assume the number 10 (...)

Ian Madigan’s Bordeaux Bégles team play Clermont Auvergne this Sunday so even if he had been selected by Joe Schmidt he would be unable to join the Irish camp in Carton House. Photograph: Inpho

Besides outhalf, Joe Schmidt’s heavily stocked Ireland squad is at least three deep in every position. The reasoning is clear enough. Johnny Sexton(...)

Jonathan Sexton is in Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations Ireland squad. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has named a 40 man squad for the opening two rounds of the 2017 Six Nations Championship. Johnny Sexton is among the 40 despite picking (...)

Leinster backrow Jack Conan stretches out to score his third try in the Champions Cup game against Montpellier at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 57 Montpellier 3 Leinster are back, back in the last eight and as contenders. They became the first side to qualify for the knock-out stages(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton gets high tackled by Frans Steyn of Montpellier for which he later received a red card in their European Champions Cup tie at the  RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Many new heroes and not just for one day. Player watch quickly descended into the entire Leinster XV (16 including JP Doyle). This was a collective d(...)

Johnny Sexton eased back into action as Leinster hammered Zebre at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Leinster 70 Zebre 6 The RDS desperately needs a competitive occasion to warm the cockles. Montpellier should oblige next Friday but, on the premi(...)

Irish fans celebrate  Ireland’s 35-25 Six Nations win over Scotland in Dublin last March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Four festive full houses are testimony to the newfound buoyancy in Irish rugby, ensuring plenty of reasons to be way more cheerful about the prospects(...)

Leinster and Ireland’s loss was Wasps’ gain when Martin Moore left for pastures new. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Sopranos opened an episode once with Frank Sinatra crooning It Was A Very Good Year as Tony and the crew emptied a brown paper bag of cash on the(...)

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