Madigan happy to bulkup for central role on America tour
Great expectations can often lead to delusions of grandeur.
Great expectations can often lead to delusions of grandeur.
TOULON dashed the cup of victory from desperately seeking Clermont Auvergne lips on Saturday in an achievement their captain Jonny Wilkinson suggested even surpassed his 2003 World Cup victory with England.
LES KISS has confirmed that he will be part of Joe Schmidt's team when the New Zealander takes over as Ireland coach this summer.
MORE than 90 Irish rugby players will embark on tours to various corners of the world as life after Declan Kidney begins next month.
COMPARISONS are too subjective to be meaningful in a sporting sense – much more instructive and rewarding to celebrate genius in its own right.
LEINSTER, Munster and Ulster will avoid Heineken Cup champions Toulon and finalists Clermont Auvergne in the pool stages of next year's competition, writes Ruaidhri O'Connor.
Not for the first time, I must credit Joe Schmidt. In selecting an under-strength side for the first of Leinster's back-to-back finals, he took a calculated gamble and it paid off.
Robbie Deans has announced his preliminary 25-man Australia squad to take on the Lions and said he has confidence in his selection, believing it covers all bases and can counter the experienced Lions back line.
Les Kiss has confirmed that he will be a permanent member of Joe Schmidt's Ireland coaching team upon completion of the summer tour to the United States and Canada.
JONNY WILKINSON has capped a triumphant Heineken Cup campaign with Toulon by being named European player of the year.
Rory Best will lead Ireland's 28-man squad for their tour to the United States and Canada after being overlooked by the British and Irish Lions.
Not long after Leinster put Stade Francais to bed, Jonny Sexton was being asked about the scarcely credible development that will land himself and Ronan O'Gara in the same club next season.
WITH just over 50 minutes gone at Lansdowne Road last night, the Toulon forwards laboured their way into the Clermont '22' desperate to get a chink of light into a game that had been fading at first and then gone dark.
Australia coach Robbie Deans has left the door open for the likes of Quade Cooper to make the final squad to face the British and Irish Lions after the in-form Reds playmaker failed to make the 25-man group.
At the start of the season, when Ulster were surveying their fixtures and planning which players could take them where they wanted to go, the name of Stuart Olding didn't feature large. Why would it?
Henshaw to edge out Jones for place on North American tour, says Brendan FanningLes Kiss will today announce a 28-man squad for next month's Tests in the US and Canada, hoping that he might lose a couple of bodies before they leave.
Such has been the extent of the renaissance at Ravenhill that Ulster's results under the troika of director of rugby David Humphreys, coach Mark Anscombe and skipper Johann Muller have assumed a new normality.
Atonement? Probably not. Yesterday's Heineken Cup was where Leinster wanted to be but as they bask in the post-coital glow of yet more silverware they can reflect on the notion that they are still one of the best sides in Europe capable of beating either of yesterday's contestants.
If you had doubted the resolve of Stade Francais to make a meaningful protest before being turfed empty-handed out of the RDS on Friday night – and we did – then you needed to review that.
Ireland and Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara has announced his playing retirement in order to take up a coaching role with Racing Metro.
BRAVO Joe Schmidt, take a bow. His Leinster are the first team in history to hold both the Amlin Challenge and Heineken Cup trophies.
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has accepted that incumbent hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will not play a part in the British and Irish Lion series but is hoping flanker George Smith will still be available after both were injured today.
THE overriding question for today's Heineken Cup final is whether this is the dawn of a new period of French hegemony in Europe.
IN a shock development, Ronan O'Gara is following his former out-half rival Jonny Sexton to France after signing a two-year contract to become Racing Metro's assistant coach.
RONAN O’GARA has today been described as an “iconic figure in Irish rugby."
"TODAY YOU must do more than is required of you. Never think that you have done enough or that your job is finished."
Golfers invariably suggest that they "drive for a show and putt for dough." Leinster were flattered by their victory in the Amlin Challenge Cup at the RDS last night, when having been outplayed in almost every phase of the game they constructed a comfortable victory.
Leinster's Paris-bound out-half Jonathan Sexton picked up the man-of-the-match award as the Irish side romped to Amlin Challenge Cup success and then declared his willingness to work alongside Ronan O'Gara next season.
The contrarian in Ronan O'Gara will have savoured what disbelief his old 'friends' in 'L'Equipe' triggered across Irish rugby with their first rumblings of his impending move to Paris.
WORLD Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward recalled how England believed they needed three men to contain Brian O'Driscoll.
HE IS famous for his handiwork on the field of play – but rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll is also extremely skilled in the kitchen.
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Rory Best is Ireland skipper for US tour
Wilkinson kicked three penalties and landed the decisive conversion to Delon Armitage's try as Toulon rallied from 15-6 down to clinch their first major trophy in over two decades.
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David Moyes bid farewell to Everton, the club he has managed for 11 years, as he prepares for his final match for the Toffees against Chelsea.
Steve Harper, Newcastle's longest-serving player, is set to be given a rousing send-off by his home fans, as he bids farewell to the Magpies against Arsenal.
Interim manager Rafael Benitez faces his last game in charge of Chelsea, and says it will be hard to say goodbye to the players
A win at Newcastle would secure Arsenal Champions League football next season, and manager Arsene Wenger is looking to thrive on the pressure.
Tottenham need to beat Sunderland and hope Arsenal fail to win at Newcastle to secure Champions League football next season.Manager Andre-Villas Boas says finishing fifth would not change his side's transfer policy in the summer, and hopes to keep superstar Gareth Bale no matter what happens.
David Beckham has retired from professional football after 20 years in the game, after helping Paris St Germain win the French league title.