Tyler Bleyendaal has been forced to retire from professional rugby at 29 due to a neck injury.Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

It’s unlikely that Munster will look to recruit another outhalf following the news that the unfortunate Tyler Bleyendaal will retire from professional(...)

‘Even during the lockdown, we should at least try to look our best?’ Illustration: Alan Clarke

I think it’s fair to say that 2020 looks a lot different to how we expected it to look? We’re all doing a lot of crazy shit we never thought we’d find(...)

Ronan O’Gara kicks the winning drop goal in Munster’s win over Northampton in the Heineken Cup   at Thomond Park in November 2011. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Phase 1 Tomás O’Leary sets the tone. Running from the back of the scrum, the Munster scrumhalf is stopped 10 metres from the visitors’ 22. The ball i(...)

The French team face up to New Zealand as the latter perform the Haka before the dramatic World Cup quarter-final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final: France 20 New Zealand 18 - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff This is tricky. To begin with, to be a fan or no(...)

Damian Browne completing his solo Atlantic row.

Damian Browne still cannot swim. Rowed the Atlantic on his lonesome, keeps time with Olympians, did a 251km ultra-marathon across the Sahara and the b(...)

One by one Europe’s premier club rugby tournaments took the inevitable decision to suspend play due to the coronavirus pandemic, the French Top 14 and(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale is upended. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Scotland 12 The dawn of the Andy Farrell era yielded a win, which leaves everything else in the shade, if not quite in the manner hoped or(...)

Jonathon Sexton at the Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

The pride and joy Johnny Sexton takes in captaining Ireland could hardly be more evident. For a player who has achieved almost everything possible in (...)

 Johnny Sexton wants to see out his career with Leinster and Ireland. Photograph: Tommy Dickson

Johnny Sexton has rejected strong overtures from the Top 14 leaders Lyon to join them on a lucrative two-year deal, with the option of a third year, t(...)

 Jordan Larmour:  further proof that Ireland should have built their attack around him  in 2019 was evident throughout his stunning performance against Northampton. Photograph:    Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Some subtle name dropping is required. No need to mention gold standard technical number eights like Kieran Read and Jamie Heaslip – Duane Vermeulen a(...)

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