Owen Doyle

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Tempers flare between Ireland and Wales players during the Autumn Nations Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alun Wyn Jones had demanded a Welsh win and his team were fully “up” for their visit to Dublin on Friday evening. The passionate singing of Land of (...)

France’s Anthony Bouthier knocks on the ball as Ireland’s  Hugo Keenan looks to catch it during the Six Nations match at the Stade de France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paris – the match is in its 18th minute, Ireland are pounding the French line in the familiar pick and drive version of the Eton Wall Game. Caelan Dor(...)

CJ Stander wins a penalty for Ireland in their Six Nations win over Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Necessity being the mother of invention, for the first time ever rugby has been forced to adopt its oft-mooted and much debated global calendar albeit(...)

The red card for Manu Tuilagi was indisputably correct, despite Eddie Jones’ “absolute rubbish” protests. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sadly, and wisely, there was no game for Ireland in Rome. But the fare on offer in Twickenham would have better suited the Coliseum. Too often England(...)

Strong sanctions – including cards – change behaviour, chat does not. That was very clear in England v Ireland, the scrums were a mess. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The scrum. Not an easy topic and my limbic-residing inner chimp is demanding that I flee from it. But here goes. Since professionalism, there’s littl(...)

James Ryan cuts a dejected figure after the defeat to England at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Twickenham can be daunting. And, when you’re on the receiving end of a comprehensive drubbing, it’s a very difficult place to be. We were assured tha(...)

The  behaviour of some supporters during recent Leinster schools senior cup games has raised  broader questions over the values of many of our most prestigious schools.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Next week’s Leinster Schools Senior Cup semi-finals will take place in front of an expectant crowd of thousands of students, past pupils and spectator(...)

The boundaries at the breakdown have been pushed until  they no longer exist. Now it the time for much needed change. Photograph: Getty Images

Soon, I think, we may know. Very shortly, World Rugby will hold a major meeting to discuss what it will do about the tackle and the (post-tackle) ruc(...)

Caelan Doris leaves the field after suffering an early concussion on his home debut against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When the dust has fully settled on this Six Nations, last weekend’s match against Scotland match will, unfortunately, be remembered for two awful conc(...)

The current mess surrounding refereeing of the breakdown looks set to continue in this Six Nations. Photograph: Ian Cook/ CameraSport via Getty Images

I bumped into an old friend the other day. “How come rugby has arrived at where it is today, and what will happen in the Six Nations?” he asked. So, (...)

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