David Nucifora

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Munster head coach Johann van Graan and Joey Carbery in training ahead of Friday night’s Pro14 clash. Photograph: Inpho

Peter O’Mahony supplied an unusually bountiful sprinkle of crumbs in his contract acceptance speech on Thursday morning. “There’s a huge amount of re(...)

Johnny Sexton was back to his best in Ireland’s win over Italy on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland and Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton has signed a one year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season. The 2018 World P(...)

Ireland’s Caelan Doris in action against Scotland in the  Autumn Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium on December 5th, 2020. The 22-year-old is not expected to return to the squad for the foreseeable future due to a head injury. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

It’s a rest weekend in the Six Nations, so I thought I’d open a time capsule. It’s November 1978. Wales are just moments away from a famous victory a(...)

Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell in action in the Women’s  Rugby World Cup Semi-Final against England at Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris, on August 13th, 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All too briefly The Irish Times had Lynne Cantwell as a columnist in 2014, when she was still one of the best centres in the world. In sports writing(...)

 Ireland’s Keith Earls and Peter O’Mahony: both players have been offered new contracts with the IRFU. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Keith Earls is believed to have agreed a new one-year deal with the IRFU to remain with Munster for at least another season and others among the seven(...)

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(...)

Keith Earls, Peter O’Mahony and Jonathan Sexton ahead of the Rugby World Cup game against Russia in Kobe City. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nokia had an iPad before the word was invented by Apple. We know next to nothing about this because they stuck to what they were good at. Everyone was(...)

Tullamore RFC vs Bangor RFC last February. The AIL has been on ice for almost a year now. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

At his end-of-year briefing with the media when this reporter asked David Nucifora about the club game, the Union’s high performance director said: “I(...)

Johnny Sexton: one of the high-profile centrally-contracted Ireland  stars whose contract is up for renewal at the end of the season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Negotiations with many of the 90 or so centrally- or provincially-contracted players whose current deals expire at the end of next June have belatedly(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and assistant coach Mike Catt look on in the Ireland-Georgia match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rejoice for 2021 Like so many others, The Offload is ignoring the three pillars of rugby union (racism, doping and concussion) to focus on a brighter(...)

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