Brendan O'Brien - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Do we want to win or watch attractive rugby?

Ireland have stuttered over the line against the Azzurri but more intriguing is people are grumbling after a win over France


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Conor Murray focused on beating England, not records

Joe Schmidt likes to play it with a straight bat when it comes to the pageantry and paraphernalia that accompanies his Irish rugby team. 


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Playing numbers game on ‘magic’ of Ryder Cup

Kayser Soze, Kevin Spacey’s memorable villain in ‘The Usual Suspects’, delivered one of cinema’s greatest lines 20 years ago when he reasoned the devil’s greatest trick was convincing the world he didn’t exist, writes Brendan O’Brien.

Jonathan Sexton's eye injury.

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Rugby’s urge to ‘shake it off’ remains as strong as ever

Another weekend of bumper fare for the Six Nations.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: European Games set down building blocks for future

The European Games is just one sporting plank in a project aimed at building Azerbaijan’s international profile, writes Brendan O’Brien.

Simon Zebo

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Simon Zebo: ‘I get bored when I’m just standing out on the wing’

Simon Zebo has hardly had time to take his seat when the first question hurtles towards him, says Brendan O’Brien.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: World Cup will dictate how this team is remembered

Three months on and this column is still wiping egg from its face, writes Brendan O’Brien

WARMING UP: Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby arrives for squad training. Picture: Brendan Moran

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Simon Easterby expects Italy onslaught

The week before the first Six Nations games is fertile ground for cliches, says Brendan O’Brien.

Bryan Keane

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Swim. Cycle. Run. Three is a magic number for Bryan Keane

Even a serious training accident hasn’t dented Bryan Keane’s passion for triathlons.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Final place in sporting jigsaw about to fall into place

IT’S 20 years since this column sat down to complete the Leaving Cert – for a second, excruciating time – but it is probably some sort of twisted pseudo-tribute to that daunting time in all our lives that scraps of the information we had to learn by rote occasionally jostle their way back to the forefront of the mind when least expected, writes Brendan O’Brien.

Ian Madigan training yesterday.

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Richie Murphy trusts Ian Madigan to bounce back

Ian Madigan endured a tormenting day with the boot for Leinster against Wasps last weekend but the man who knows his kicking abilities best has backed him to bounce back against Italy on Saturday week, says Brendan O’Brien.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Handling our boxers with care on the road to Rio

Routes to Olympic qualification continue to multiply but that isn’t to say that getting there is any easier, writes Brendan O’Brien.

Matt O'Connor

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: O’Connor pushing for a complete performance

European Champions Cup Pool 2
Leinster v Castres
Today: RDS, 5.30pm
TV: Sky Sports 2


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: GAA players face a simple choice: Commit, or don’t

GAA players? Why, they’ve never had it so good, writes Brendan O’Brien.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: It’s about time Tottenham Hotspur dared to think big again

The fact remains that this is a club with a default setting of one step forward followed by two back, writes Brendan O’Brien.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Leinster ready to get physical, declares Cullen

Munster-Leinster, with the greatest of respect to Ulster and Connacht, remains the blue chip of Irish interprovincials, but it didn’t appear that way yesterday on the training paddocks in Limerick and Dublin.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Glitz and glamour but Bernie Ecclestone’s winning formula still hard to love

All sport is, inherently, ludicrous.


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Kilty a man with a mission in Rio for Team Ireland

A small ante room in the Westbury Hotel yesterday morning is the setting.

Ian Madigan

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Madigan stands up for under-fire Gopperth and O’Connor

European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 2
Leinster v Harlequins
Saturday: Aviva Stadium, 7.45pm


BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Shuttling round the world for destination Rio

Okay, so here’s the deal. You choose. A week spent in Cork and Dublin, or a destination anywhere else in the world.

Leinster's Dave Kearney is hoping to  make the team  to face Harlequins  in  the Champions Cup clash at the Stoop on Sunday.

BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Kearney winging way back to starting spot

There is never a good time to get injured, but some moments are undoubtedly worse than others. Just ask Dave Kearney.