Gerry Thornley

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Matchday One has come and gone and all is for the best in this best of all worlds. Ireland have tanked Scotland and the bandwagon is starting to pick (...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway celebrates scoring their fourth try with Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton during the Rugby World Cup match against Scotland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 27 Scotland 3 This bloodless Celtic coup was almost enjoyably boring. Ireland took a firm grip on Pool A, keeping Scotland comfortably a(...)

Pokemon are go

Japan is never boring and always bemusing. If you are planning a visit to Japan, or are there already for the Rugby World Cup, here are my top tips on(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action against  Wales in  February  2018 at the Aviva. Gordon D’Arcy, Fiona Coghlan and John O’Sullivan view him as the top northern hemisphere player of the tournament. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Gerry Thornley (Rugby Correspondent) Q1 – How far can Ireland go (where does it end)? Ireland are one of several teams that could actually win the w(...)

Jacob Stockdale celebrates his first try against Wales. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wales 17 Ireland 22 That was a little more like it. Ireland restored a degree of confidence and momentum from what was a much more hard-earned win t(...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell leaves the pitch after the World Cup warm-up match against England at Twickenham four years ago. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Prior to the inaugural 1987 World Cup, the IRFU in their then wisdom decided that the best preparation was to wrap their front-line players in cotton (...)

“I’ve got the three little goys lined up, each one standing a little bit in front of the next – we’re talking Brian, then Johnny, then Leo – and I’m showing them how to basically pass the ball.”

In all fairness to me, I’ve tried my best not to love my son any less since he storted wearing glasses – but, God knows, the kid is making it very, ve(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: ‘I would say we don’t get all the selections right, but we try to get them right.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What constitutes a successful season? A bit like beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder. Manchester City win the domestic treble, but even then are l(...)

James Ryan (right) with Leinster team-mate Tadgh Furlong following their Champions Cup defeat to Saracens at St James’ Park, Newcastle, last Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland

It is a measure of the esteem in which James Ryan is held by his peers that the 22-year-old Leinster and Irish lock has become the youngest player to (...)

Jonathan Sexton at a Leinster training session in UCD during the week. Photograph: Inpho

Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) Position: Outhalf Age: 33 Height: 6’2” Weight: 92kg (14st 6lbs) Caps: 83 Points: 761 Why’s he so important?   He prov(...)

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