BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Ireland can learn from Kiwis’ holistic approach

Peter Miskimmin made no bones about it: he was torn.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Reds could do with a win as ‘cousins’ square off

The RDS has played host to Grand finals, a European Challenge Cup decider and all manner of memorable Leinster wins in the last half-dozen seasons. It’s even been the backdrop for an unlikely home defeat at the hands of Benetton Rugby. What it hasn’t done lately is open its doors to Munster.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Fogarty: Leinster hungry for more success

When Leinster saw off Leicester Tigers in Edinburgh to claim a first Heineken Cup, back in 2009, most of the players had little enough to distract them aside from the celebrations on their return to Dublin.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Champions Cup hosts Bilbao a new frontier for rugby country

For rugby in Spain, hosting the Champions Cup final will be a welcome diversion from the World Cup qualifier loss to Belgium in March, says Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Time for a long, hard look in the mirror

Leo Cullen was giving the press his take on Leinster’s crushing Champions Cup semi-final defeat of Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday evening when his day brightened that little bit more with news that the province’s ‘A’ side had reached the final of the British & Irish Cup, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Champions Cup not the promised cash cow

Officials from England and France sold visions of a bright new order, when they took a wrecking ball to the Heineken Cup, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: More to Mick than rugged survival

So much was so different about English football when a 33-year-old Mick McCarthy agreed to step into the breach as player-manager in the wake of Bruce Rioch’s departure from Millwall back in March of 1992, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Politicians hog sporting glory without giving financial graft

Charlie and his appearances on the Champs Elysee in 1987 and at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico three years later, writes Brendan O’Brien. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Why aren’t we as outraged by cheating as the Aussies?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar presented all sorts of conundrums for opponents, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: World-weary Wallabies watching Ireland with envy

Eddie Jones was the one Australian everyone wanted to hear from after Ireland dispensed with his England side so seamlessly at Twickenham last week, but it would have been interesting to mine the thoughts of his compatriot Michael Cheika, who was among the 82,062 souls looking on from the stands, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Ruby Walsh’s wisdom in stark contrast to Eddie Jones’ trash talking

If there is a more compelling sportsperson out there right now than Ruby Walsh, then they’ve yet to go mainstream, writes Brendan O’Brien

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Less is clearly better for Kelly at Cheltenham

Pat Kelly has pulled off some jaw-dropping tricks at Cheltenham this last three years, but the man’s ability to slip into the shadows in the winner’s enclosure while thousands toasted his genius has to be right up there.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: West Indies build again after days of empire

Look back 100 years this summer, and Wexford were approaching the football championship with a mind to claim their fifth straight All-Ireland title.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: All to play for as bonus points add unknown quantity to mix

Joe Schmidt was straight up. Bonus points? Not for him.

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