Dan Leavy

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 Ireland head coach Andy Farrell praised Andrew Porter’s performance against Scotland. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland more or less finish the year where they started, or where it might realistically be felt they should finish it. Third in the Six Nations and t(...)

Peter O’Mahony takes off to touch down for a try that was disallowed for a foot in touch during the game against Scotland. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Plenty of “work in progress” visible inside an empty and freezing Aviva stadium. At least there is a brilliant number eight named Caelan Doris filling(...)

Last month nine players on a Leinster Pro14 squad all came from the same Dublin school, St Michael’s College. File photograph: Inpho

The machine gun turret freely wheeled these past few weeks strafing the rugby hinterland. Eddie Jones’s cheap shot at the Irish UN team, attack coach (...)

Tom Curry tackles James Lowe during England’s win over Ireland. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Seventeen years have now elapsed since England won their first – and so far only – Rugby World Cup on an unforgettable night in Sydney. All the social(...)

Leinster’s Michael Silvester celebrates with Dave Kearney after scoring a try. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 40 Cardiff 5 Ryan Baird came though his first match back, Dan Leavy continued with his building after a long stretch out, Michael Sylvester (...)

What will the Ireland team be for the opening fixture in the 2021 Six Nations?  File photograph: Inpho

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell decided to stick rather than twist in personnel terms when naming his Ireland squad during the week for the start of t(...)

Dan Leavy in action against Zebre as a replacement during the recent Pro14 clash. He has still to line out for  a full 80 minutes since suffering a serious injury. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Twenty minutes on a fast track in Glasgow and Dan Leavy took another stride forward for Leinster after the horror injury that ended his World Cup hope(...)

Scott Penny scores his Leinster’s third try during the Guinness Pro 14 match against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Glasgow Warriors 19 Leinster 32 Leinster won their 23rd consecutive match in the Guinness Pro14 with an impressive victory at a rain-swept Scotstoun (...)

Johnny Sexton was clearly displeased to be substituted with ten minutes to go in the defeat to France in Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Les misérables defeat at Stade de France will fester alongside a label that is beginning to stick. Ireland hardly need reminding that their last subst(...)

Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll celebrates at the final whistle of the Six Nations Championship at Stade de France, Paris in 2014. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A Six Nations finale on a Halloween night that has banned trick or treating makes all the statistics feel redundant. Nevertheless, Ireland’s record at(...)

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