Tommy O Brien

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 Jordan Larmour of Ireland during a Six Nations match against France at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Nobody remotely affiliated with Irish rugby wants to meditate over another four-year cycle. But, mustering as much gusto as possible in early January (...)

 Cian Kelleher (back to camera) is congratulated after scoring a Leinster try by Jamison Gibson-Park, Rob Kearney and  Tommy O’Brien during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 54 Ulster 42 It was a contest that was difficult to pigeon-hole. Leinster scored eight tries, conceded six, including four of the last five (...)

Tommy O’Brien: the 21-year-old gets a first start with Leinster when he partners Robbie Henshaw in the centre against Ulster at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pro 14: Leinster v Ulster Kick-off: 7.35pm, Friday. Venue: RDS. On TV: Live on Eir Sport. Where to look in Leinster this we(...)

Ireland centre  Seán O’Brien makes in action during the relegation playoff against Japan at the World Rugby Under-20 Championships in Beziers. Photograph: Alexandre Dimou/Inpho/World Rugby

Ireland Under-20 39 Japan Under-20 33 Ireland survived a tense finale to preserve their status as an elite team for next season’s Under-20 World Cham(...)

Michael Silvester is tackled during Ireland’s defeat to Scotland in Perpignan. Photograph: Pascal Rodriguez/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 29 Scotland Under-20 45 The imprecision and morass of errors that pockmarked previous defeats in the tournament resurfaced again as (...)

The Georgia team celebrate scoring a try during their win over Ireland at the under-20 World Cup in France. Photo: Inpho

Ireland under-20 20 Georgia under-20 24 Ireland suffered a third consecutive defeat in the Under-20 World Championship in Narbonne and will now conte(...)

Ireland’s Hugh O’Sullivan celebrates scoring his side’s  second try  in the  World Rugby Under-20 Championship at  Stade Aime-Giral in Perpignan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

France Under-20 26 Ireland Under-20 24 Fortune doesn’t always favour the brave because if it did, Ireland would have won their opening World Under-20(...)

France Under-20 v Ireland Under-20, Stade Aime-Giral (8.0, Irish time, live on Eir Sport) As assignments go, this one is a doozey. Noel McNamara’s Ir(...)

Noel McNamara has named his team to play France in the Under-20 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland Under-20 head coach Noel McNamara has named six players with World Cup experience for the tournament’s opening game against hosts France on We(...)

 Diarmuid Barron, Caelan Doris and Matthew Agnew at the announcement of the  squad for the U-20 World Cup in France at Spencer Dock in Dublin yesterday. Inpho: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A new captain, five uncapped players, a coaching team trimmed by one and injuries to a couple of key players represent an overview of the challenges f(...)

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