Luke Fitzgerald

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Connacht’s Bundee Aki: the New Zealand-born player will qualify to play for Ireland  by next season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald has certainly stoked the embers of the current debate regarding the vexed three-year residency ruling. It was revealing that the forme(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton is tackled by Munster’s Rory Scannell at the Aviva Stadium earlier this month. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Time was when nothing whetted the appetite quite like the return of what we knew and loved as the Heineken Cup. In its stead, the European Champions(...)

Glasgow Warriors' Tommy Seymour tackles Charles 
Piutau of Ulster. Photograph: Inpho/Craig Watson

Rugby is all about manipulating defenders to discover space. Take that flawlessly executed try up in Scotstoun last Friday. Iain Henderson is sin-b(...)

Leinster’s Zane Kirchner: “I think Ruan’s got so much love for Ulster and the environment there. It’s like a second home to him.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Whatever about the rugby aspects of the decision, there is also a human aspect to the ending of Ruan Pienaar’s seven-year stint in Ulster. IRFU perfor(...)

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(...)

Ronan isn’t happy with me. He says it to me as well – in words that have no place in a magazine like this. “I can smell the thrink off you,” is my san(...)

Former Ireland captian Brian O’Driscoll at the launch of Eir Sport: the company also secured the rights to the under-20s championship and the woman’s World Cup. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“We’re setting sport free” was the tagline Eir Sport – Setanta reborn – delivered before informing the Irish public they have locked up the 2019 Rugby(...)

Luke Fitzgerald was forced to retire from rugby last week after a career ravaged with injuries. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald played his last game of rugby, the Pro 12 final at Murrayfield, with no feeling in his left arm and a torn medial ligament in his righ(...)

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(...)

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