Tony Brown

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 Ireland’s Conor Murray in action against Scotland. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

No hurry for Murray The Conor Murray problem is exacerbated by the fact it is Conor Murray. When a scrumhalf suffers a dip in form – like Aaron Smith(...)

Leo Cullen: “Before most people wake, Leo is working away on what’s best for Leinster Rugby but people don’t see that,” says Isa Nacewa. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

“We farmed in Newtownmountkennedy and I’d be moving ponies or sheep and I’d ask Leo, from a young age, to give me a hand. He always said yes but he wa(...)

 George Bridge goes over for a try on  his New Zealand Test debut against Japan at the Ajinomoto stadium in Tokyo. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan 31 New Zealand 69 A second-string All Blacks side featuring eight debutants crushed Japan 69-31 in a thriller of a try-fest in Tokyo on Saturda(...)

Ireland players and management pose for a photo with sumo wrestlers at Shikoroyama-beya in Koto-ward in Tokyo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

For this dry run ahead of the 2019 World Cup, it’s long established that Paddy Jackson would feature at outhalf against Japan on Saturday at the Shizu(...)

Warren Gatland saw his Lions side beaten for a second time on Saturday morning. Photograph: Davia Davies/PA

‘Highlanders Claim Magical Victory’ proclaimed the headline in the New Zealand Herald and it offered an inkling of the tone that rugby wrier Gregor Pa(...)

Joe Schmidt talks to the Ireland players during training ahead of the USA test last week. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Tony Brown is already in Japan. The highly rated Highlanders coach, tracked by Leinster and Connacht in recent seasons, was contractually obliged to t(...)

 Ryan Crotty is likely to be sidelined for at least “a couple of weeks”. Photograph: Dianne Manson/Getty Images

All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty and fullback Ben Smith are in danger of missing the upcoming British and Irish Lions test series after they were injure(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with Japan’s head coach Jamie Joseph  and Scott Johnson, the performance director of Scotland, at the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw  in Kyoto. Photograph: Dave Rogers/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland, Japan . . . Jamie Heaslip punched the air after seeing Ireland’s initial opponents come the 2019 World Cup. “We are happy with it,” said (...)

 Kieran Keane: was  head coach of the New Zealand province Tasman Makos from 2009. “The game has changed, the players have changed and I had to change.” Photograph: Simon Watts/Getty Images

Kieran Keane, the current Waikato Chiefs backs coach, has emerged as a strong contender to take over from fellow New Zealander Pat Lam at Connacht fro(...)

Joe Schmidt: “The one thing I want to do no matter what happens in the future is to leave Irish rugby in as good a shape as possible.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt yesterday said categorically that no deal has been done to take him back to New Zealand at the end of next season and that he has still to(...)

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