Stuart Lancaster

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James Ryan: “He’ll move on very quickly and he’ll roll his sleeves up. If he’s got captaincy he’ll want to do a great job,” says Lancaster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The game against England at Twickenham may have been perceived as the biggest Ireland face in the series. But how they finish the tournament is import(...)

James Ryan has captained every team he has played for in his career. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP via Getty Images

Future Irish captain is a tag that has accompanied James Ryan ever since he broke into the team, wearily so for the young man himself, but not any lon(...)

 Rhys Ruddock scores  a try for Ireland in the World Cup  against Russia at  Kobe City, Japan. That match against Russia was his  first, and thus far only, competitive start. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Back in the summer of 2010, a 19-year-old with a prodigious build and talent was rerouted from the IRB Under-20 World Championship in Argentina, where(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy was the hero on Saturday in Wales. Photograph: Inpho

The 2020/21 season is going well if . . . After watching events unfold at the RDS on Friday we envisaged Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad for Paris conta(...)

 Leo Cullen: ‘When you come up against the best teams you’ve got to make sure you get a lot right on the day.’ Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Ever since their exit from the Champions Cup, Leinster have been told the Pro14 didn’t toughen them up sufficiently for the quarter-final with Saracen(...)

Stuart Lancaster would welcome the addition of further South African franchises to the Pro14. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Stuart Lancaster knows a thing or two about England and Saracens, and amid the ongoing hangover brought about by Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-fina(...)

 Mark McCall talks to the media after his team’s win over Leinster on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Inpho

‘That’s Life’ by Frank Sinatra blared from giant speakers in the Aviva rafters as Maro Itoje and Vincent Koch strolled off the turf behind a flash of (...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens touches down to score his team’s second try during the Champions Cup Final match between Saracens and Leinster at St James’s Park last year. Photograph: Getty

Of all the games Leinster supporters wanted to attend, and of all the games Leinster wanted their supporters to fill the Aviva Stadium and be in full (...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne reacts after kicking a penalty to take the lead over Ulster in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final a, Aviva Stadium, Dublin in March 2019. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andrew Trimble had enough belief in himself to make a game-altering tackle during Ireland’s monumental victory over the All Blacks in Chicago on Novem(...)

 Stuart Lancaster: “It’s everything for both teams. We want to reach the final, we want to be competing in finals; to lose a semi-final and have a week off with no game at the end of next week doesn’t bear thinking about.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Amid the mayhem, Leinster have serenely breezed through both a truncated and elongated 2019-20 season unbeaten, with 21 wins from 21 games. This week(...)

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