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Willie Duggan: a talisman for club, province and country. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

William Patrick Duggan Born: March 12th, 1950 Died: August 28th, 2017 Willie Duggan, who has died aged 67, was an outstanding rugby player, among the(...)

Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jonathan Davies dejected after defeat in the second Test to Australia in 2013.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No such thing as a stupid question. That’s what they tell you in the journalism colleges anyway. Don’t be afraid to look like a fool, goes the theory.(...)

New Zealand scrumhalf Sid Going gets in his kick despite the attentions of Ireland’s Sean Lynch and Fergus Slattery during the 1973 game which ended  10-10. Photograph:   Dermot O’Shea

So 1973 revisited, before it gets neatly filed away in history. Finally.   Be it three Novembers or 43 winters past, victory over The All Blac(...)

Irish captain Willie Anderson faces up to New Zealand captain Wayne Shelford as the All Blacks perform ‘The Haka’. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ringa pakia. The placebo effect can be a powerful psychological weapon. How should Ireland respond to a people who believe they are possessed by immo(...)

Anthony Foley of Munster is tackled by Victor Costello of the rest of Ireland during a friendly in 2001. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

It began with a rumour out of St Munchin’s College in Limerick. Brendan Foley’s son. Shannon had him for their glory years – the four-in-a-row. And th(...)

This wonderful photograph from a packed  Ireland versus Austria match  in 1963 is just one of many in   ’Dalymount Park,   Home of Irish Football’ by Colin White.

THE BEST  No Borders – Playing Rugby For Ireland by Tom English (Arena Sport, €31.60) Oral histories are tricky to get right. An oral history (...)

John Leonard with his book Dub Sub Confidential at the award ceremony in the  Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The oldest (and dullest) question for an author is where the idea for their book came from. Still has to be asked though, and so when we gathered aro(...)

John Leonard (L) was the perennial back-up to Dublin goalkeeper John Leonard. Photograph: Inpho

Former Dublin substitue goalkeeper John Leonard’s autobiography Dub Sub Confidential has been named the inaugural Setanta Sports Book of the year. Le(...)

Michael Cheika answers a question at a news conference where he was announced as the new Australian  coach in Sydney. Photograpgh:  Jason Reed/Reuters

Michael Cheika has been appointed as the new Australia head coach.The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) announced a three-year contract for the former Le(...)

Sean O’Brien of the Lions dives over for his try against the Melbourne Rebels. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Melbourne Rebels 0 British and Irish Lions 35: The dirt-trackers, re-enforced by the test bench, duly atoned for last week’s blip in Canberra again(...)

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