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Ronan Kelleher scores his second try for Leinster  against Connacht at the Sportsgraound. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ins and Outs Every cloud has a silver lining, right? That would be the try scoring, offloading Ronan Kelleher at the Sportsground last Friday night.(...)

Russia captain Vasily Artemyev (right) celebreates with team-mate  Kirill Golosnitskiy after the winger scored his side’s first try in the  Rugby World Cup  Group A game against  hosts Japan  at the Tokyo Stadium in the opening game of the competition. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

March 17th, 2006: Rock and a hard wind decisive (follow link for match report) Blackrock College 14 St Michael’s College 12 ‘Lansdowne Road is a(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki in  action against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on September 7th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jean Kleyn’s inclusion in the World Cup squad may have revived the debate, but for some reason Bundee Aki’s presence in the Irish team seems to cop mo(...)

‘This vlog has nothing to do with fashion, Ross. This is a political vlog’

The old dear rings me, sounding panicked. “Ross,” she goes. “I’m worried.” I look at the time on my phone. It’s, like, half nine in the morning. I’(...)

Joe Schmidt looks on during Ireland’s record defeat to England at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Old school mentality needed There’s a seminal moment in the 2003 film Old School when Frank The Tank gives a heroic team talk to his frat buddies des(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn tackles Leinster’s Seán Cronin during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It is a testimony to the relatively settled nature of the Irish squad that the 44 players named for the World Cup preparatory camps which commence in (...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Jordan Larmour of Ireland in action during the Six Nations win over France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Being a creative artist amid such regimented and structural excellence cannot be easy. On the hour mark, with spoils divvied and the holy trinity of (...)

Ireland’s Paddy Jackson looks on dejectedly as Italy’s Sergio Parisse celebrates his side winning a late penalty in Rome in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By kickoff the best laid plans had begun to unspool. Outhalf Paddy Jackson came in as a replacement for Johnny Sexton, and Ian Madigan had been drafte(...)

Connacht winger Cian Kelleher runs in a try during  the Guinness Pro 14 game against Munster at the  Sportsground. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht wing Cian Kelleher will return to Leinster next season. The 24-year-old left Dublin for Galway in 2016 after turning down a promotion from th(...)

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