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Barry Daly makes a break for Leinster against BenettonGuinness at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Barry Daly’s rugby career could bring to mind the popular board game, ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ a volatile sequence of ups and downs. The 27-year-old Lein(...)

Wales coach Wayne Pivac saw his tenure get off to a winning start against Italy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It looked so easy. The RDS in 2017. Aviva Stadium a week later. Leinster and Munster ripped to shreds as the Scarlets streaked to an unforeseen Pro 1(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway scores a try against Samoa in their Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Fukuoka, Japan, in October 2019. Photograph: Jayne  Russell/Inpho

However impatient Andrew Conway might understandably have been when his professional career did not accelerate as quickly as was expected, he’s long s(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Former Leinster captain Isa Nacewa’s comments about Joe Schmidt will divide opinions. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Isa Nacewa probably had his greatest days as a player with Joe Schmidt as his head coach. Following on from their time together at the Auckland Blues (...)

 Joe Schmidt:  “I think the great days have been the ones where the players have done something a little bit special, and you’ve seen players grow.”

Today really does mark the end of an era. The Joe Schmidt era at the Aviva Stadium. Previous eras have taken in a detour to Croke Park and the increas(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores a try despite Damian McKenzie and Aaron Smith of New Zealand during the Guinness November Series win over the All Blacks. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season just gone lingers into the next campaign, and particularly the World Cup, with barely a pause for breath, especially for the players and ba(...)

Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

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