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Gordon D’Arcy’s announcement does not rule out the possibility of  a World Cup farewell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been one of the stellar Irish rugby careers, for sure, and when the end of October comes and Gordon D’Arcy heads into the sunset he can do so (...)

‘What’s the secret to happiness?’ ‘Realising unhappiness is also fleeting.’ Disappearing ghost On January 29th Paul Kimmage and Brian O(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll and Robbie Henshaw during an Ireland training session. The former captain has tipped the young Connacht player to fill the number 13 shirt in his absence.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll believes that Robbie Henshaw is the man to fill the Ireland number 13 jersey in November and beyond. The anointment of the 21-(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner in action against Ulster in their RaboDirect Pro12 play-off semi-final at the RDS earlier this month.

Greatest compliment that can be offered to Devin Toner is nobody laments the departure of Nathan Hines and Brad Thorn, or even the imminent retiremen(...)

Leo Cullen’s calmness under pressure meant he usually made the right calls in a game, especially at the lineout. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Smyth, a team-mate of Leo Cullen’s from their under-10 days at Willow Park through their years together on the Blackrock Dream Team and then Lei(...)

 Gordon D’Arcy: “Performing well just isn’t good enough for us. If it was, I wouldn’t be here.”

It’s not just sport, you either have it or you don’t. Gordon D’Arcy has it. Always has, always will. “I think it was always there, I just never would (...)

Brian O’Driscoll: “Maybe it’s because he carries on as if he is one of us. He likes fun. He likes the sun. He likes a drink. He likes being perched in the public bar, singing, having a good time with his mates. He appears not to take himself too seriously.”

Northern Hemisphere rugby players, who believe they’re of rock star status, should never convince themselves they have any presence on the other side (...)

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