Stuart Lancaster

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Leo Cullen: “It was a tough period to get through,” said the 41-year-old. “It’s not something I’ll ever forget.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen laughs out loud as the darkest moment of a still fledgling coaching career gets reflected in a positive light. Four awfully long years ago(...)

Robin McBryde: “I was ready for a new challenge. I’ve had great times but I needed something fresh as well.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Robin McBryde once held the title of ‘Wales Strongest Man’ (1992) and is currently the Grand Sword Bearer of the Gorsedd of British and Irish bards, t(...)

Leinster’s James Ryan celebrates victory over Glasgow in last season’s Pro14 final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The conversation is brief. But at times it seems as if James Ryan feels he is being coaxed down a rabbit hole. His natural stillness, his unflappabili(...)

 Ian Madigan: has slipped down the pecking order at  Bristol Rugby and looks set to be moving on again next summer. Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Turns out the grass isn’t always greener. Bundee Ali and Kiernan Marmion appear to agree by rejecting lucrative moves abroad when re-signing last week(...)

 Leinster’s Jimmy O’Brien:  “I’d say I was more of an introvert.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan

As soon as the former England coach settled into Dublin, during the autumn of 2016, he showed Leinster players his own personality profile. They saw (...)

Ross Byrne:  Now 24, he looks a beautifully balanced player every time he pulls on a blue jersey. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bob Dylan summed up this column with a line from Street Legal: “But Eden is burning, either brace yourself for elimination or else your hearts must ha(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton, Ulster’s Iain Henderson and Munster’s Rory Scannell at the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Cardiff. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There is no escaping how this year in Irish rugby year will be remembered. “As a failure,” said Johnny Sexton. “You can have opinions on why but it i(...)

Backs coach Felipe Contepomi at  Leinster rugby squad training in Donnybrook, Dublin 4 on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster’s international contingent have returned to base. Leader among them Johnny Sexton will speak at the Champions Cup launch in Cardiff this Wedn(...)

Owen Farrell is clapped off the pitch by the All Blacks after their semi-final victory. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

At the outset of this World Cup there was a feeling that a third New Zealand win in succession would not be great for the game. Yet the way they playe(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen believes all four provinces have an influence on the Irish squad, not just Leinster. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leo Cullen has countered suggestions by former Leinster captains Brian O’Driscoll and Isa Nacewa that the style of Leinster coaching has unduly influe(...)

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