It was a bit like the Steve Redgrave moment at the 1996 Olympics Games. Just after the great British oarsman had bagged his fourth gold medal in Athens he told the world they had his permission to “shoot him” if he ever went near a boat again.
Thu, 13 Jun, 2019
Gareth Thomas had to stop and gather himself more than once today. His voice faltered. It choked with emotion. Who knows how many times his nerves were betrayed by an subconscious impulse to tug at his right ear?
Thu, 23 May, 2019
Is the dam on the brink of bursting? Is international rugby ready to sell its soul? The haste with which a proposed new 12-team World League is being introduced smacks of panic. There is even talk of the tournament running in 2020. Surely not?
Wed, 06 Mar, 2019
When Ireland last fielded their front line troops at the Aviva Stadium, against New Zealand in November, the rapturous response from players and fans alike at the final whistle could not have been more exuberant. Unbridled joy. Kings of the world.
Mon, 04 Feb, 2019
Munster have been delivered another blow to their scrum-half stocks after Johann van Graan revealed Neil Cronin faces several weeks out injured with a shoulder injury following last Friday’s defeat at Glasgow Warriors.
Mon, 10 Sep, 2018
Thu, 24 May, 2018
Leinster will match Toulouse’s record of four European Cup titles if they can account for Racing 92 in Bilbao tomorrow.examines why, six years after the third of their Heineken Cup titles, the province is again on the verge of something big
Fri, 11 May, 2018
After achieving something only three Ireland teams have managed in history by winning the Grand Slam, Brian O’Driscoll believes Joe Schmidt’s side will now be looking to accomplish the unprecedented at the Rugby World Cup next year.
Fri, 13 Apr, 2018