Stuart Lancaster

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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(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose looks to offload as he is tackled by Andrew Conway. Photograph: Inpho

Got the email last Wednesday. Filled in the form. Next came my time to arrive on Saturday for a temperature check. All the precautions you would expec(...)

Hayden Hyde scores Ireland’s second try during the Under-20 Six Nations match against England at Franklin’s Gardens in February. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Do you reckon Ireland would have been durable enough to complete the Grand Slam at Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day in 2018 without their Auckland bruis(...)

Leicester Tigers director of rugby, Geordan Murphy. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty

Geordan Murphy was a few days into life as Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby when a pandemic-inspired nightmare visited the club. Manu Tuilagi is a (...)

Leinster coach and AsIAm ambassador  Leo Cullen  with six-year-old Catalina Ryan from Terenure at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Leo Cullen has strongly indicated that Leinster will probably be obliged to rotate heavily during what is an unprecedented first two months of rugby a(...)

Eddie Jones didn’t hold back when asked about the All Blacks’ production line. Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie returns to NZ TV Our funniest jokes tend to be the harshest because they illuminate uncomfortable truths. The coronavirus, which apparently di(...)

Garry Ringrose: “It was some year [2018] for a lot of us. It’s what you aim for every year, but as I learned pretty quickly the following year it doesn’t always shape out that way.”  Photograph: Lazslo Geczo/Inpho

Garry Ringrose exudes a certain calmness and level-headedness. He has a good work-student-life balance and comes across as someone with an equally eve(...)

Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the European Champions Cup trophy for Leinster in 2018, continuing a remarkable run of success for the Irish province. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

About eight minutes into the 2014 final of what was then known as the Rabo Direct Pro12 between Leinster and Glasgow, Brian O’Driscoll’s farewell game(...)

James Ryan is looking forward to being back on a rugby field. Photograph: Inpho

Paul O’Connell reckons more seasoned players will reap the biggest benefits from this extended break. Players in their late 20s and 30s, who’ve been o(...)

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