Sat, 14 Oct, 2017
We’re just over 10 years removed from Ronan O’Gara’s famous swipe at the English Premiership, but the debate on the relative merits of that league and the PRO12 will zoom back into focus on Saturday when the respective league leaders clash in a Champions Cup quarter-final in Dublin.
Thu, 30 Mar, 2017
Wed, 11 Nov, 2015
As we contemplate the prospect and the implications of a second all-French European final in three years, fans of the Irish provinces might be wondering what their sides must do to get back to the continent’s top table.
Fri, 24 Apr, 2015
With their European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon just eight days away, Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has opted to wrap his star players in cotton wool for the province’s Guinness Pro12 encounter with Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade tomorrow.
Sat, 11 Apr, 2015
With that tantalising World Cup clash between Ireland and France cemented in the back of my mind, I couldn’t help but watch the respective performances of Clermont Auvergne and Leinster over the weekend in the context of that crucial Pool D encounter.
Wed, 08 Apr, 2015
And like that he was gone. The Long Goodbye we had called it all season. The last game for Ireland in Dublin. The very last game for Ireland, in Paris. The last Heineken Cup appearance, which turned out to be in Toulon. And then this. The last game. Period.
Mon, 02 Jun, 2014