Rhys Ruddock

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Ross Byrne scores Leinster’s fifth try against Northampton. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Northampton Saints 16 Leinster 43 A bonus-point victory on English soil, with the Premiership leaders beaten all ends up long before the finish of th(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier attempts to break away from Virgile Bruni of Lyon during the Heineken Champions Cup match at  Stadium de Gerland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lyon 6 Leinster 13 Leinster were relieved to leave Lyon with their winning record intact in the European Champions Cup after a nervous end to their w(...)

Devin Toner and Tadhg Furlong training at Donnybrook. Furlong returns to the starting line-up in France while Toner must settle for a place on the bench. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup: Lyon v Leinster Kick-off: 3.15pm (Irish time), Saturday. Venue: Stade de Gerland. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblo(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray in action during their win over Ulster at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the 76th minute of Munster’s 22-16 win over Ulster on Saturday night, Conor Murray latched over the ball to stymie an Ulster attack from deep. Immo(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts for Leinster against Connacht on Friday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pro14, Connacht v Leinster, Friday November 8th, The Sportsground (kick-off 7.35pm, TG4, Eir Sport, Premier Sport) Connacht and Leinster welcome back(...)

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(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt acknowledges the crowd as he walks down from the coaching box after the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Tokyo. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nobody bar the ultimate winners, or in the case of Irish rugby, Brian O’Driscoll, gets to pen their own exit, and it’s particularly ironic that in ext(...)

New Zealand’s Kieran Read offloads despite the attempts of  Ireland’s Josh van der Flier and Tadhg Furlong to prevent him. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

The result in many respects informs the post mortem. Ireland were hammered on the scoreboard and the only point of dispute is to analyse how much of t(...)

New Zealand blindside wing forward Ardie Savea was phenomenal as South Africa ran riot over the All Blacks in those opening 20 minutes of their group clash. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Practise the skill and not the drill. And, of course, the crucial decision-making process. In attack or defence, when hunting to convert pressure into(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander, Andrew Porter and James Ryan during the anthems before their defeat to Japan at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A worrying picture is beginning to form of this Ireland pack being ranked below previous Irish versions at World Cups. That theory can be altered over(...)

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