Stuart Lancaster

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Owen Farrell is clapped off the pitch by the All Blacks after their semi-final victory. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

At the outset of this World Cup there was a feeling that a third New Zealand win in succession would not be great for the game. Yet the way they playe(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen believes all four provinces have an influence on the Irish squad, not just Leinster. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leo Cullen has countered suggestions by former Leinster captains Brian O’Driscoll and Isa Nacewa that the style of Leinster coaching has unduly influe(...)

Irish players are cared for better than any other team in the world, so where were they at psychologically?  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As the nightmare unfolded I kept hearing two voices in my head. Over and over again came the words of Shane Lowry and Steve Hansen. “Nobody tells you(...)

Andy Farrell: faces a significant challenge in overseeing the transition  of an  ageing Ireland side clearly in need of new blood. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The more you think about it, the more you realise what a sizeable task Andy Farrell and his assistant coaches have in following up the Joe Schmidt era(...)

Mike Catt will join the Irish coaching team after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mike Catt is to join the Ireland coaching team in the wake of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and ahead of the 2020 Six Nations, the IRFU has confirmed. Cat(...)

Italy assistant coach  Mike Catt is set to join Ireland as attack coach after the World Cup. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Mike Catt is expected to join Ireland as attack coach after the Rugby World Cup. Catt, who is presently part of Conor O’Shea’s Italy set-up, will be(...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup semi-final  at the Aviva Stadium. An O’Brien tide lifted all boats. The best captain Ireland never had? Photograph: Inpho

Another one bites the dust, and, allowing for ongoing Sevens and under-20s commitments, this applies to both another domestic rugby season and, sadly,(...)

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien lifts the Pro14 trophy after beating Glasgow at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Glasgow 15 Leinster 18 There was a little vignette at the start of the second half which, for a Leinster supporter, must have been reassuring. Compe(...)

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien with the Guinness Pro14 trophy after the final victory over Glasgow Warriors at  Celtic Park, Glasgow. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Confirmation that Seán O’Brien will miss the World Cup due to another hip operation which will sideline him for six months almost certainly brings dow(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe and Jack Conan celebrate after beating Glasgow in the Pro14 final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

If Glasgow were left to curse the rain Gods in front of the biggest home crowd they’ve ever enjoyed, or will do for some time, then likewise Leinster’(...)

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