Rob Kearney

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Connacht veteran John Muldoon celebrates in front of the fans after the  Pro12 final victory over Leinster at Murrayfield in May 2016.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby, like sport, is littered with huge one-off upsets, be it Munster beating the All Blacks in 1978, Japan toppling South Africa, France’s two World(...)

Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Pro 14 trophy after the victory over Ulster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney is set to finish his career with the Western Force in Australian Super Rugby. The highly decorated Leinster and Ireland fullback, who has (...)

Leinster players after  the defeat to Saracens in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

We’re putting on the hindsight goggles again. Leinster used the World Cup analogy coming out of lockdown. The theory was sound. Pool matches were the(...)

Does the Pro14 have a problem? The 2018 World Player of the Year, Johnny Sexton was rested for a grand final that Leinster won pulling up. That tells us all we need to know. Photograph: Inpho

South African solution There is a clear pattern. Every time a super club rises to the top of European rugby - be it Saracens or Toulon before them - (...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Guinness Pro14 trophy as Leinster are crowned champions  at the Aviva Stadium following their final victory over Ulster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In many ways this will seem like both the best and the worst of Leinster’s last three titles in succession. They’ve come back from the five-month hia(...)

Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Pro14 trophy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pro14 final: Leinster 27 Ulster 5 The Leinster Machine keeps on churning out the wins and the titles. The cast may change, what with 53 players used (...)

 Ulster coach Dan McFarland: ”I have a love of the contact, of collective speed, that the system lasts longer at a persistent speed than the opposition.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are several ways to interpret Ulster’s awful restart. They appear to be mired in pre-season mode. At least the halfbacks cannot mess up the fund(...)

Royal Hibernian Way occupies a prominent position on Dawson Street in Dublin city centre.

Aviva will be hoping to capitalise on the continuing international appetite for prime Dublin office investments with the launch of Royal Hibernian Way(...)

Jacob Stockdale is relishing the opportunity to play fullback with Ulster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster v Leinster, Aviva stadium, Saturday, 7.35 – Live on Eir Sport, deferred coverage TG4 Jacob Stockdale, one of seven players retained by Ulster (...)

Wales’ scrumhalf  Mike Phillips celebrates as a dejected Paul O’Connell, Mike Ross and Cian Healy of Ireland look on at the final whistle of the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Eventually you make a pact with yourself. Enough of these dazed walks up Jones’ Road as the light declines. Sam Maguire winters in Kerry or Ulster. I(...)

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