James Ryan

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Louis Rees-Zammit dives to score Wales’s second try against Ireland ahead of Tadhg Furlong. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Wales 21 Ireland 16 Ireland returned to their bubble from Cardiff with a deeply frustrating and profound case of what might have been. A 14th minute (...)

 Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony leaves the pitch after receiving a red card. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There is no scope to forgive Billy Burns’ inaccuracy as the premature ending in the Principality had Ireland coach Andy Farrell wide eyed and staring (...)

Guinness Six Nations Championship at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on February 1st, 2020.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Back in misty memory, in the time before face masks, nasal swabs and personal bottles of hand sanitiser, there was nothing on this planet like the ene(...)

James Ryan and Maro Itoje in action during the Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Cathy Freeman – the darling of the 2000 Sydney Olympics – was unambiguous when revealing the motivation that fuelled her above anything else was catch(...)

Maro Itoje of England catches the ball during their Autumn Nations Cup Final against France at Twickenham on December 6th, 2020. Photograph: David Rogers/RFU Collection via Getty Images

“Make sure you have a chat with someone you haven’t spoken to in the team,” was how Eddie Jones, the England head coach, finished last week’s highly u(...)

Wales celebrate a Hadleigh Parkes try against Ireland in 2019. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

This euphoric feeling cannot be replicated in later life. I start moving when Jerry Flannery cocks his elbows before finding Paulie’s out-stretched fi(...)

 Alun Wyn Jones: one of a small group to have won  three Grand Slams for Wales during a long and outstanding career.   Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

At 35-years-old, the look, the years, suggest he is that warhorse. His 15th season with Wales and warhorse may seem needlessly pejorative. Venerable w(...)

Operations manager Ger Carmody with the Irish squad at the Aviva Stadium. “I’ve always said that the three most important things that a player looks for when he comes into camp is good wifi, a good night’s sleep and good coffee.”Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For Ireland’s 36-man squad last Wednesday would have brought a mixture of emotions. They said a more prolonged goodbye to families and loved ones than(...)

Home advantage in the Six Nations is all but gone with games being played behind closed doors. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It is hard to muster up any excitement for the Six Nations. Firstly, I used to play in these games. Secondly, as the rugby correspondent noted this we(...)

The blue scrum caps of Will Connors and Tadhg Beirne meet at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Recurring themes abounded at a frozen Thomond Park after Leinster’s fifth win in a row over their auld enemy equalled the post-war record set in 2009 (...)

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