Tom Wood

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Ulster’s Alan O’Connor is tackled by Jack Kenningham of Harlequins during the European  Challenge Cup round of 16 game at  Twickenham Stoop. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Alan O’Connor’s value to Ulster is calculable, measured not only in the consistent excellence of performance but also in leadership that inspires thos(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier after being cleared out by Northampton’s Tom Wood during last Saturday’s Champions Cup game at the RDS.

Is rugby staring into the abyss? Can it save itself? Who will play it? These are the inevitable questions arising from the horrifying revelations o(...)

 Leinster’s Ryan Baird during the Champions Cup round two match against Northampton Saints: the standout memory will be the performance of the galloping all-action   Baird. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster 35 Northampton 19 Halfway through the group stages and it’s not putting the cart before the horse to suggest that Leinster can realistically(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier and Ross Byrne celebrate the victory over Northampton at the RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leo Cullen declined to make an issue of the main talking point arising from his side’s 35-19 bonus-point win over Northampton at the RDS, namely Tom W(...)

Dave Kearney dives over to score Leinster’s third try in the Heineken Champions Cup game against Northampton at the RDS. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Leinster 35 Northampton 19 Job done. Leinster’s second bonus-point win cemented their place atop Pool A and with Montpellier and Northampton both now(...)

Ronan O’Gara kicks the winning drop goal in Munster’s win over Northampton in the Heineken Cup   at Thomond Park in November 2011. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Phase 1 Tomás O’Leary sets the tone. Running from the back of the scrum, the Munster scrumhalf is stopped 10 metres from the visitors’ 22. The ball i(...)

 Jordan Larmour:  further proof that Ireland should have built their attack around him  in 2019 was evident throughout his stunning performance against Northampton. Photograph:    Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Some subtle name dropping is required. No need to mention gold standard technical number eights like Kieran Read and Jamie Heaslip – Duane Vermeulen a(...)

 Dave Kearney of Leinser dives over to score a try that was subsequently disallowed. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Leinster 50 Northampton Saints 21 A facile triumph, the foundations of which were laid with a brisk opening salvo and then followed by intermittent e(...)

Nic Groom scores Northampton’s second try in their Champions Cup play-off win over Connacht. Photograph: james Crombie/Inpho

Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15 It was the last hurrah for Connacht’s bid for Champions Cup rugby, and true to their history, they went down fighti(...)

Johnny Sexton had a 100 per cent tackle success rate in the 2017 Six Nations. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The recent concern over the number of borderline to late tackles that Ireland and Leinster outhalf Jonathan Sexton has shipped in recent matches again(...)

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