Eoin Reddan

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Even the briefest conversation with Paul O’Connell can be educational. He might, if you’re lucky, mention Bill Walsh. Perhaps the greatest NFL coach o(...)

The 12 team captains at the launch of the 2015/16 Guinness Pro12 season. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

CONNACHT Given they’d never been top six prior to last season, achieving John Muldoon’s “realistic” target would be a decent achievement in backing u(...)

Mike Ford at the RDS last January where his side Bath lost to Leinster in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Mike Ford is among several coaches to hold discussions with Leinster as the province looks for a defence coach to replace Kurt McQuilkin, who has dec(...)

Before becoming Racing 92 skills coach Ronan O’Gara won 128 caps for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The collection of positive Irish soundbites which followed the Champions Cup draw for 2016/17 might be enough for now but growing concerns about the (...)

Louis Picamoles and Johnny Sexton wil meet again when Leinster take on Nortahmpton in Pool 4 of the Champions Cup. Photograph:   Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

There is no obvious ‘Pool of Death’, but the four Irish provinces face a tall order to qualify It is four years since Leinster won the then Heineke(...)

Eoin Reddan in action against  South Africa in his final appearance for Ireland during the third Test at  Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As Joe Schmidt noted, you don’t always get the fairytale ending. That’s sport. That’s life. Well, unless you’re Brian O’Driscoll, Dan Carter or Richi(...)

Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran gets upended by Willie le Roux of South Africa during the Test match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

South Africa 19 Ireland 13 There have been few more courageous Irish performances in a season-ending tour to one of the Southern Hemisphere big gun(...)

Joe Schmidt “It’s not my really decision to be honest. I’ve got a young fella struggling at the moment,” he said, in reference to his unwell son Luke.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heaven knows the whirlwind of emotions which were going through Joe Schmidt’s mind in the aftermath of this third Test and second one that got away. (...)

Ireland secondrow Iain Henderson  drives forward during the third  Test against  South Africa  at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium  in Port Elizabeth. Photograph: Michael Sheehan/AFP/Getty Images

It’s said you learn more from your defeats than your wins, in which case Ireland can turn to the future with optimism as well as regrets after twice l(...)

Eoin Reddan in Port Elizabeth during Ireland’s tour of South Africa. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The list of achievements along with his durability and longevity over a 15-year professional career says much about both the finely honed skills and r(...)

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