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Barry Daly scores Leinster’s fourth try in the  Champions Cup victory over Montpellier at the RDS.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A try last weekend on his European debut and three tries against the Cheetahs last month shows Barry Daly appears to live the maxim of grasping every (...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony in action during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There are plenty of former rugby players working in the media nowadays. The Irish Times columnist Gordon D’Arcy recently incensed the Sunday Times rug(...)

 AJ MacGinty: the Sale Sharks outhalf will pull the strings for the US Eagles against Ireland on Saturday.  Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Nearing the interview’s natural conclusion, Alan MacGinty Jnr starts laughing to himself. The Houston story is too good to let it slip by undocumented(...)

CJ Stander during the Lions’ suit fitting at the Hilton Syon Park Hotel, London. Each player is reportedly receiving €82,000 for the eight-week tour with a further €12,000 if they win the Series. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

This week has not stopped. It has been a swirl of action and new experiences for CJ Stander. On Monday, he travelled over to the Vale of Glamorgan res(...)

David Wallace, with support from Mick O’Driscoll, in action against Wasps:  “That bond, you have that for years. You leave and you are leaving that behind.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Our notions of them are swollen and oversized. Heroic players, lionised in their 20s, venerated in their 30s and occasionally one or two declared lege(...)

Blackrock College’s Mark Phelan scores a try against Gonzaga in the Leinster Senior Cup semi-final at Donnybrook. Photograph: Inpho

The final of Leinster schools rugby reaches a fitting conclusion with defending champions Belvedere set to be dethroned by this ridiculously talented (...)

Glenstal celebrate scoring a try on their way to victory over Ardscoil  Rís in the Munster Schools senior semi-final at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Inpho

A novel Munster Schools Senior Cup final between PBC and Glenstal Abbey at Thomond Park this afternoon (4pm kick-off) will determine whether the Cork (...)

Keith Earls: “The goal would be, by the time I’m finished, to hopefully have a Six Nations [medal] and down in Munster have a European Cup medal.” Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

If he scores against France today, Keith Earls would become the first Irish player to score tries in five successive Tests since Joseph Quinn in the 1(...)

Donnacha Ryan, Conor Murray and Keith Earls all attended St Munchin’s College in Limerick which leads the way with seven in providing senior internationals among the last 100 players to be capped by Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The American comedian Stephen Colbert once observed: “Facts matter not at all, perception is everything. It’s certainty.” It came to mind when thinki(...)

 Keith Earls  in action during Ireland’s disappointing defeat to Scotland in the opening  Six Nations match at Murrayfield. Photograph: Inpho

This week in the lead in to a Six Nations match, Ireland’s team base at Carton House has a conveyer belt feel. Around the old reading rooms, where (...)

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