Tom O Toole

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Stewart Moore: his   silky elegance, footwork and distribution offer a different set of skills to the absent Stuart McCloskey and Ulster will need to tailor their game plan accordingly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Northampton Saints v Ulster, Franklin’s Gardens, Sunday 3.15pm (Live on BT Sport) Robert Baloucoune returns but the absence of John Cooney, Iain Hend(...)

John Cooney: he’s been back to his best for Ulster in recent times and the way he plays the game should be tailor-made for Farrell’s blueprint with Ireland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

I’m sure Robert Burns may have smiled had he lived to see the world we live in today. His observation about ‘the best laid plans of mice and men’ an a(...)

Iain Henderson returns to captain Ulster in Friday night’s Heieneken Champions Cup clash against Northampton in Belfast. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup: Ulster v Northampton, Kingspan Stadium, Friday, 8pm – Live on BT Sport A magnificent victory over Clermont Auvergne last week(...)

Jack McGrath has been named on the Ulster bench for the URC match away to the Ospreys. The prop has been out of action for over a year with a hip injury that required surger. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

URC: Ospreys v Ulster, Stadium, Saturday, 3pm – Live on Premier Sports No doubt with one eye on their opening European assignment in Cler(...)

Ireland’s Ryan Baird makes a break during the victory over Argentina at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The big three of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia having been beaten on the same day for the first time since 2002 on Saturday, Ireland complet(...)

Ireland’s Ryan Baird  against Argentina at  the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The names of the Irish try-scorers suggested enough evidence that it was a forwards game. Six tries and all of them from the Irish pack spoke to the w(...)

Ireland’s Joey Carbery and assistant coach Mike Catt during training. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Argentina, Aviva Stadium, Sunday, 2.15pm – Live on RTÉ 2 and Channel 4 Follow that? Coming down from the euphoric high of last week to go a(...)

Robert Baloucoune and Ireland  head coach Andy Farrell during Thursday’s training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It is a measure of the respect which Andy Farrell and his coaching staff have for Argentina, and the threat which Los Pumas pose to Ireland completing(...)

Simon Zebo is a populist selection - where does he fit into a World Cup jigsaw? Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s hard to shake the feeling that composition of the Ireland squad for the November Test series represents an opportunity missed. There are trace el(...)

Dan Sheehan’s ability with ball in hand has earned him a call up for the autumn internationals. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’ll be quibbles and hard-luck stories, there always are when an Irish squad is named, but given the hand that Andy Farrell and his coaches have b(...)

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