If Peter O’Mahony has to be in a rugby stadium it is fair to say he would much rather be on the pitch than looking at it.More
Nine months. Give or take a few days. That was more or less the time Kitch Christie had to fashion a team of world champions when he took over from Ian McIntosh as Springboks coach in October of 1994.More
Dragons 12 Munster 38
Duncan Casey scored two tries as Munster continued their impressive unbeaten away record with a bonus point win over Newport Gwent Dragons.
Added expectation? Paul O’Connell has been playing under the burden of it for years and the Ireland captain sees no reason why his side cannot deal with it when they play Australia in Dublin this afternoon.More
Ireland v Australia
So far so good for Joe Schmidt and his blossoming Ireland team.
Jordi Murphy and Dave Kearney make their first starts of the season in Leinster’s Guinness Pro12 clash away to Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo tomorrow (2.30pm).More
Connacht 43 Zebre 3
Not the most auspicious occasion on a wet Galway evening for an All Black centurion to make his debut, but Mils Muliaina made his presence felt in Connacht’s 43-3 victory over Zebre last evening.
Ulster 25 Ospreys 16
Ireland centre Darren Cave’s second try two minutes from the end saw Ulster home at the Kingspan Stadium against a previously unbeaten Ospreys side that fought back from trailing 18-3 at the break.
Wales v New Zealand
Richie McCaw says he will put team performance before personal milestones when he captains New Zealand for the 100th time in Tests today.
Ireland play Australia today in rugby. And Compromise Rules. You knew that, of course.More
Rhys Ruddock and Peter O’Mahony will have to workin tandem to negate the influence of Michael HooperMore
Ireland v Australia
Joe Schmidt will send his Ireland team into their showdown with Australia tomorrow urging them to embrace the high expectation they have generated among their supporters after a year of success.
Ireland flanker Chris Henry will not take chances with his health to rush back to rugby following his suspected mini stroke, says friend and team-mate Rory Best.More
Dragons v Munster
JJ Hanrahan pictured has been chosen at full-back for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 clash with Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade tonight.
Michael Cheika thought twice before allowing his Wallabies wander down Killiney Hill and into Dalkey village on Tuesday evening.More
From a confidence boost as a Leinster U20 to being targeted as the British and Irish Lions playmaker, Johnny Sexton has experienced the full range of Michael Cheika compliments and a fair few run-ins with the Australia coach besides.More
Rising star Teddy Thomas has been dropped for tomorrow’s Test against Argentina by France manager Philippe Saint-Andre for missing a training session by arriving two hours late.More
Former Leinster coach Michael Cheika, above, said he will not try to interfere with Australia’s long-standing policy of refusing to select overseas-based stars.More
Connacht’s first All Black, Mils Muliaina, makes his debut for the province tonight when Connacht host Zebre at the Galway Sportsground (7.35pm).More