Stephen Ferris

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Stephen Ferris has backed   Tommy Bowe to return to his best form. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Although struggling to make it on to the Ulster side and currently a distance from reclaiming his Irish shirt, Stephen Ferris believes there is no nee(...)

 All Black Charles Piutau and former Ireland International Stephen Ferris were in The Helix Theatre in Dublin  to officially launch the historic ‘Rugby Weekend’ event in Chicago, presented by AIG Insurance. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The news this week that Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been questioned by the PSNI in relation to alleged sex offences will hardly have contrib(...)

Jack McGrath was 19 when the Lions headed to South Africa in 2009. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

In light of Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald being amongst the latest withdrawals last week, there are only two Irish survivors from the Irish conting(...)

England captain Dylan Hartley in action against Scotland in Murrayfield. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

It’s hardly a high bar but perhaps the most notable part of the weekend was how Dylan Hartley managed to simultaneously captain England and not bite a(...)

Dylan Hartley: “I am me. It’s there in print for you to see what I’ve done wrong and what I’ve been guilty of.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Whether England succeed or fail under their new captain, Dylan Hartley, they are entering a very different style of regime. Eddie Jones has already s(...)

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 (...)

Kevin McLaughlin playing for Ireland for the last time, against New Zealand in 2013. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“I carried the ball into contact again, leading with my shoulder, and was out cold. There was no impact to my head.” Edinburgh against Le(...)

Ireland’s Sean O’Brien gave a wonderfully bullish performance against France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leaders fall and others instantly rise up. Three, possibly four men lost, the Millennium became Seán O’Brien’s field, while Rory Best was only phenome(...)

Ireland fans celebrate victory after the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park on September 17, 2011 in Auckland. Photograph: Sandra Mu/Getty Images

1 - 1987 Ireland 46 Canada 19 - Carisbrook, Dunedin It didn’t turn out to be the most auspicious of World Cups for Ireland. Coach, t(...)

Cian Healy, Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara during Ireland’s 15-6 win over Australia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

With rugby’s senior nations forming a relatively small pool of just eight sides, it figures that certain teams tend to meet each other regularly at th(...)

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