Cullen pledges his meaningful vote to remain in Irish colours despite Rice exit
Irish fans never fear.
Irish fans never fear.
When Brian Kerr became Irish international manager, one of the first decisions he made in his own head was that the job would never define him.
Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny has been rocked by another withdrawal after losing Norwich City winger Simon Power - currently on loan at...
There were many times when David McGoldrick felt he needed a kick in the a**e.
We can hear the familiar voice before we can see the familiar face. "Shift it when you get it!"
All winning streaks have to end.
Conor Murray sits before us, the same as he ever was. Which shouldn't surprise anyone, because Conor Murray still remains the same as he ever was.
All awards are foolish; those in sport perhaps more than any other.
Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier will miss this week's final Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff after being withdrawn from the squad with a groin injury.
Tumult amidst turmoil.
Welsh rugby has known nothing like it, one would seem, but then again yesterday's raucous events in the Principality reminded some of us that the more things change, the more things stay the same.
"My soul is shaken."
Is it time to boot the box-kick to touch?
Munster's momentum will be challenged severely today in West Wales; a remarkable sequence of five away wins in all competitions awaits but Scarlets might have finally hit form.
Ireland's difficulties became Connacht’s last week and, with Jack Carty remaining in Belfast to deputise Jonathan Sexton, their coach Andy Friend has been prompted into a decisive change at...
Almost better to crave the certainty of pain rather than the pain of uncertainty.
Joe Schmidt admitted it may have been a mistake to open the roof of the Principality Stadium as the roof caved in on his side who delivered the worst Six Nations display of his era.
For f**k's sake lads!" the Irishman roars at an Englishman and a Welshman. But this is no joke. Nobody's laughing.
Ireland captain Rory Best will make his final Six Nations appearance tomorrow but he is determined that his lap of honour will be one taken in victory as Joe Schmidt's side seek to spoil Welsh Grand Slam hopes, as well as keeping their own slim title chances alive.
RUGBY pundit Brent Pope has said his native New Zealand’s ‘innocence is lost’ after 49 people died in a terror attack on two mosque’s in the country.
There was a moment yesterday when you couldn't see the Poolbeg Chimneys, such were the dark and foreboding clouds that lingered menacingly around Dublin 4 before kick-off.
Moving day in Carton House.
'The Ireland team to play Samoa in the Aviva Stadium this Saturday is, number one, Jack McGrath..." With these 17 words, on November 7, 2013, Joe Schmidt officially launched the most successful coaching career in Irish international rugby history.
SEAN O'Brien is now facing a desperate fight to remain in Joe Schmidt's World Cup plans after the coach axed him from his team to face France this weekend.
Nothing in Olivier Magne's storied career could have prepared him for this moment. It was literally all Greek to him.
Last November in Dublin, a World Rugby (WR) working group gathered to discuss the perennial puzzle facing their sport since the Paris Accord confirmed professionalism in 1995.
While Rassie Erasmus was playing out his final days as Munster boss in late 2017, he oversaw a bit of business that would possibly not only have long-term benefits for the Irish province but also consequences for the job that awaited him in his native land.
Nothing prompts pressure more than the feeling that there is so much to do but only so little time to do it in.
Commedio dell'arte at the Stadio Olimpico. The theatre of the absurd doesn't end with the relief of Glen Jackson's final whistle; Conor O'Shea is applauded into the media auditorium by the men and women of the press.
Conor O'Shea says his side are sick of being good losers as defeat to Ireland ensured his miserable losing streak in the Six Nations continued.
Leonardo Ghiraldini can map out his international career in many ways but nearly all the roads lead to failure. The Toulouse hooker wins his 102nd cap today and, such is the reality of professional life for an Italian international, he has lost most of them; 81 in all.
LEONARDO Ghiraldini can map out his international career in many ways but nearly all the roads lead to failure.
History tells us in stark terms that for Italy to have any chance of securing only their second success this century against Ireland, a functional back-row is key.
He's the doctor who is always on call.
About a year ago, Rory McIlroy met with the chief executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley.
Fate can mock anyone's best laid-plans. Joe Schmidt's World Cup planning is wide and varied but, as his previous experience and that of his predecessors has demonstrated, what happens in the pivot position of his team promises to be, well, pivotal.
Rewind to 2017 and there was no question who was Ireland's number one No 1.
Leinster duo Dan Leavy and Rhys Ruddock face a race against time in their quest to feature in the rest of Ireland's Six Nations' campaign after being ruled out of another week of provincial action.
Shane Ross might have remembered him but many in Irish sport could be forgiven for forgetting about Dave Kearney.
Less than a year after being forced to concede the departure of one world-class back-row Lion and multiple medal-winning stand-out for club and country, Leinster have conceded defeat in the quest to retain another of equally stellar vintage.
Leinster have conceded they were unable to prevent Seán O'Brien's switch to London Irish on a three-year contract worth a reported €500,000 a year after the deal was confirmed by former Ireland coach Declan Kidney's club yesterday.
Edinburgh is a city that prides itself on being both rugged and refined, austere yet aesthetic. The rugby it hosted on Saturday shared similar traits, mostly leaning towards the insipid, if not the inspired.
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said the incident which removed danger man Stuart Hogg from the fray in the first-half after a heavy collision with Peter O'Mahony was “disappointing”.
He will have slept, reasonably well for him, in Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel last night. For his work is mostly done now.
SCOTTISH scrum-half Greig Laidlaw has shrugged off the fact that Ireland might have made excuses for their defeat here in Murrayfield two years ago when a sluggish bus trip messed up Joe Schmidt's pre-match preparations.
Jack Conan is not his usual self. Which is a good thing. He's usually bubbly; today he is becalmed.
JOE Schmidt has vowed that Ireland won't miss the bus as they seek to avoid a second successive away defeat to Scotland – and has defended his game-plan after the heavy defeat to England last weekend.
Simon Zebo will not play in this Six Nations championship under Joe Schmidt, despite the increasingly loud noises emanating from those within rugby and the even more cacophonous racket emerging from without.
At least one Parisian playmaker in exile will get the opportunity to shine this weekend.
What if there is no tomorrow? March 16th, Cardiff. Wales summoning a spirit of 2015 which, at times, eerily seemed familiar just two days ago. Lose there and there will be no tomorrow. A title defence in ruins.
Joe Schmidt claimed that his first home defeat in the Six Nations, and the heaviest to England in Dublin for 15 years, was a reality check as his team's Grand Slam defence was grounded on day one.
ENGLAND coach Eddie Jones still thinks Ireland are the best team in the world but after humbling Joe Schmidt's side, the Australian believes that his side can play even better.
JOE Schmidt claimed that his first home defeat in the Six Nations, and the heaviest to England in Dublin for 15 years, was a reality check as his team's Grand Slam defence was grounded on day one.
There was a time when Jason Leonard would have given every fibre of his physical being when he crossed the white line.
At some stage this summer, Owen Farrell will sit down and write a 12,000-word dissertation on leadership to complete his online university course.
ENGLAND have admitted that Joe Schmidt's decision to select Robbie Henshaw surprised them – but they have left no stone unturned in their attempts to find out all they can about the switch.
Sergio Parisse will smash the Six Nations record of Brian O'Driscoll when he makes his 66th appearance for the Azzurri against the tournament dark horses Scotland.
Ask Bundee Aki what he remembers about Manu Tuilagi and a broad grin creeps about his features.
JOE Schmidt says that he has been pursuing the option of playing Robbie Henshaw at full-back for some time – and the only risk is a recent lack of game-time.
There comes a time when everyone feels the heat under Joe Schmidt. Even Brian O'Driscoll knows the sensation, though for Leinster not Ireland.
Tuesday morning and Donnacha Ryan is talking turkey to promote chicken.
Battles will rage all over the field this Saturday - and one of the most titanic will be propelled from the base of the scrum as juggernauts CJ Stander and Billy Vunipola go head to head.
Last season he brought us the magnificent seven so what next for Jacob Stockdale?
Ireland assistant coach Simon Easterby has brushed off the latest verbal grenade tossed across the Irish Sea by England this week.
When tempers fray, senses shred.
Whatever about the other three provinces, it's boom time for Connacht too.
And now, breathe.
James Lowe swans into the room with a smile gleaming like the promise of the rainbow.
Leinster's flying Kiwi wing James Lowe has reiterated his desire to represent Ireland once he becomes eligible under residency rules in 2020.
Leo Cullen is delighted to have the chance to feature Irish Grand Slam stars Rob Kearney and Jack McGrath against the Scarlets in the RDS tomorrow evening.
Ulster Rugby's swift conclusion of the investigation into the racist abuse directed at Irish international Simon Zebo demands commendation.
Unlike some of his Irish colleagues, James Tracy already knows what it is like to pull on a green jersey in Japan.
Jonathan Sexton will have no trouble shrugging off the latest barb from English coach Eddie Jones, according to Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi.
Whatever happens between now and May, Conor O’Brien won’t find it difficult to forget his European debut against Toulouse.
Leinster are hopeful Jack Conan will be fit enough to resume training with Ireland next week as he continues to recover from a shoulder problem which forced him into an eleventh hour withdrawal from Sunday's Champions Cup defeat of Wasps.
When all around appeared to be losing their heads, he kept his. When all around held their breaths in trepidation, he inhaled one large one in anticipation.
Ultimately, experience counted on the big day and nobody houses more of that commodity in Europe.
Munster coach Johann van Graan hailed match-winning hero Joey Carbery, whose 20/20 vision maintained his remarkable kicking success since the lowest point of his brief career in Castres last December.
MUNSTER edged their way nervously into the quarter-final of the Champions Cup with three penalties from Joey Carbery guaranteeing them an 18th last eight appearance in 21 seasons.
Six weeks into an eight-week losing spell as interim coach that matched their worst losing streak in 44 years, Geordan Murphy was sitting in the Leicester Tigers' boardroom, expressions of glum determination staring back at him.
Not quite "do or die" for Munster, then.
It's probably best to start with expectations when assessing the visit of Exeter Chiefs, recent English champions and current league leaders, to Munster tomorrow (5.30).
One of the greatest challenges presented by rugby as a sport is its simple insistence that the ball must nearly always go backwards before it can go forwards.
Munster will give their captain Peter O'Mahony every chance of overcoming a rib injury ahead of what is effectively a quarter-final shoot-out with Exeter Chiefs in Thomond Park this Saturday.
Ulster have stepped up their investigation after French side Racing 92 condemned "racist insults" allegedly directed at rugby star Simon Zebo.
Limerick's lunchtime streets suffocate in choking traffic, an occasional fluttering flag or jay-walking jersey splashing colour beneath a sombre sky threatening familiar rain.
MUNSTER captain Peter O'Mahony remains "open-minded" about featuring in his side's final Champions Cup pool game against Exeter Chiefs this weekend but a decision on his participation will not be made until later this week.
There was a time when Simon Zebo knew what it was like to have Jacob Stockdale breathing down his neck.
Champions Cup organisers have confirmed that they have not received any formal complaint of verbal abuse arising from Saturday's Ulster v Racing 92 game.
BREATHLESS stuff in Belfast.
Corkness has been reported missing this week. And so investigations surrounding its disappearance bring us, naturally, to the south of France.
"Presque ne compte pas." Almost doesn't count.
Sport is as much about making great mistakes as it is about making great plays.
Mark Twain once said a lie could travel half-way around the world before the truth had time to put its boots on.
Shane Jennings is convinced that Leinster can ramp up their Champions Cup title defence by securing a revenge win against Toulouse this weekend - even without talismanic captain and out-half Johnny Sexton.
David Wallace says that it is time for Munster to unload their hurt locker in a bid to end their 11-year long European trophy drought.
Leinster will have no qualms about pitching Ross Byrne into their side for Saturday's crucial Toulouse clash should Jonathan Sexton fail to recover in time from a leg injury.
Without doubt, it is the match of the weekend.
JONATHAN Sexton is in danger of missing out on the crunch clash with Toulouse this Saturday after senior coach Stuart Lancaster revealed he only had a “50-50” chance of playing due to a lower leg injury.
There comes a time when you have to rap on opportunity’s door because it won’t always come knocking on yours.
And so to Toulouse. Or in Leinster's case, not to lose.
With the team selections offering no evidence – were it ever needed – to confirm Leinster remain miles superior to Ulster, the fact that their reserves eased to victory at the RDS will have to do for now.
Leinster coach Leo Cullen has stood by his decision to appoint Johnny Sexton as captain despite the ongoing furore surrounding his style during last weekend's tempestuous Thomond Park defeat to Munster.
LEINSTER head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed that he will not be appealing the two-week ban handed down to James Lowe for taking out Andrew Conway in the air during the defeat to Munster in Thomond Park.
There is a saying in golf that there are no pictures on the scorecard.
Seconds away, round three. After two enthralling sequences of inter-provincial games, the final round of clashes take place this weekend but, as may well become apparent by selections during the week, the prospect of European fare will loom large for the three sides who will jostle for knockout berths later this month.
Ulster hooker Rob Herring is optimistic that his side can maintain their recent run of good form as they head to Galway seeking revenge for a humbling historic first Belfast reverse in 58 years against the westerners.
All Blacks' captain Kieran Read has confirmed the news that many eager club owners have been anticipating for weeks - he will quit international rugby after the 2019 World Cup and seek a move abroad.
And so Leinster close out the year in anticipation of yet another notable victory as they travel down the road to Thomond Park this weekend.
He has prowled the aisles of sport's most iconic cathedrals, home and away. Bernabéu. Lansdowne Road. Thomond Park. White Hart Lane. Croke Park. Parkhead. Semple Stadium. Arms Park.
There are few sportsmen who in defeat can find their legacy enhanced, but then again - as his fans have often reminded us - there is only one Carl Frampton.
Friday's festive fare was not exactly quality street hard by the Ravenhill Road - a bit like sticking your hand in the tin and always ending up with the coffee sweet.
ROBERT Baloucoune scored the clinching, second try of a poor game in Belfast but some may argue that the fact he was on the field to do so reflected an even poorer decision from referee Sean Gallagher.
They still love Alby Mathewson in Toulon.