Happy to serve. The uncertain boundaries marking Stuart Lancaster’s new job description with Leinster were still not completely clear after his introductory press conference yesterday, but the former England head coach did at least insist Leo Cullen is the boss.
Tue, 06 Sep, 2016
Mon, 23 Nov, 2015
Sat, 21 Nov, 2015
Tue, 10 Nov, 2015
The pressures on England at this World Cup can hardly be over-egged. Their status as hosts, as founding fathers of the game, and as the country with both the greatest playing resources and finances, guaranteed a level of scrutiny and sense of expectation that was only heightened by their placement in Pool A alongside Wales and Australia.
Fri, 25 Sep, 2015
Leinster’s failure to make the Guinness Pro12 play-offs was always likely to hurt them come yesterday’s European Champions Cup draw and so it proved, with the three-time winners being landed in a pool alongside triple champions Toulon, English runners-up Bath and Wasps.
Thu, 18 Jun, 2015
It’s been a season almost devoid of moments to savour for Leinster fans, despite today’s presence in Europe’s last eight, so it is hardly stretching the bounds of reason to suggest that yesterday’s team announcement may rank up there among the best days.
Sat, 04 Apr, 2015
AS a professional rugby player, one of the best bits of advice you get is not to heed the media. It’s usually one of the older, battle-hardened players who passes on this wisdom down to the more naive, young guns. But they never listen.
Sat, 12 Feb, 2011
ENGLAND captain Steve Borthwick may not be the world’s greatest second-row forward but he does have a musical ear, even in the middle of a fiercely fought Six Nations clash. Last night, he claimed: “When the crowd sang Swing Low in the last 15 minutes of the game against Wales, it was the loudest and the sweetest I’ve ever heard.”
Sat, 27 Feb, 2010
THIS Irish rugby squad is fast becoming a victim of its own success with expectation levels at home at an all time high coming into this year’s Six Nations. We have also become a treasured scalp for even the top teams. Nothing illustrated this more than the sight of a French side doing a lap of honour after beating Ireland in Paris.
Wed, 24 Feb, 2010
TO arrive at the penultimate phase of the Six Nations championship unbeaten, with a clean bill of health, and competition for places at an all-time high is as much as any coach could have wished for — especially in Declan Kidney’s inaugural season at the helm.
Wed, 11 Mar, 2009