Don’t mention the war? It would be nice not to have to but Ireland’s Six Nations opener takes place in the engorging shadow of last autumn’s ill-starred Asian campaign. Yes, we won’t be forgetting the debacle in Vietnam – sorry, I mean Japan – any time soon. The horror, the horror remains fresh in the memory.
Sun, 02 Feb, 2020
On November 1, 1995, Richard Wallace touched down at Thomond Park to score Munster's first points in European Cup competition. This Saturday at the much-changed stadium, barring a complete disaster from Johann van Graan's new charges, someone from the province will pop up and grab the 4,000th. We recall some of the landmarks in between.
Thu, 07 Dec, 2017
Sun, 07 Feb, 2016
Shane Jennings believes that Iain Henderson’s form, combined with Peter O’Mahony’s injury profile, may see the younger Ulster man leapfrog the Munster flanker into Joe Schmidt’s starting side for the World Cup.
Thu, 30 Jul, 2015
Irish coach Joe Schmidt insisted during the week that places in the World Cup squad were still up for grabs. After yet another defeat to the Barbarians at Thomond Park last night, he will go home for another re-think after a performance he described as “a bit inaccurate.”
Fri, 29 May, 2015
“Business as usual” was the message yesterday as Matt O’Connor and Jamie Heaslip discussed Leinster’s Guinness PRO12 meeting with Benetton Treviso tonight, but the reality is that no-one can recall when the balance sheet looked so grim.
Fri, 08 May, 2015
Cork play Kilkenny this evening in a senior hurling challenge in Páirc Uí Rinn (7pm), but the dominant narrative isn’t Cork’s preparations for the league final, or Brian Cody’s integration of new faces into the Cats’ set-up.
Sat, 25 Apr, 2015
Leo Cullen believes Leinster’s surprise defeat of Munster in the classic 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final at Croke Park can serve as a template as the province contemplates the prospect of facing Toulon at the same stage in Marseille.
Wed, 15 Apr, 2015
Lost amid the disappointment of Leinster’s PRO12 defeat to Newport Gwent Dragons and their upcoming European semi-final in Marseille has been the fact that the province’s Champions Cup ambitions for next season have already been seriously compromised.
Tue, 14 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
Following the disappointment of last Sunday’s home defeat to Newport Gwent Dragons, Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has made a total of seven changes to his starting line-up for tonight’s Pro12 encounter against Zebre at the RDS.
Fri, 20 Feb, 2015
The international contingent get all the breaks. With Joe Schmidt hosting a pre-Christmas camp in Carton House early in the week, the onus fell on the supporting cast in the provinces with Gordon D’Arcy the only player who started in Ireland’s last outing against Australia asked to play in the festive derbies in Limerick and Belfast yesterday.
Sat, 27 Dec, 2014