Jamie Heaslip reaction: What the great and good have said about Ireland legend's retirement
Jamie Heaslip has called time on a glittering rugby career.
Jamie Heaslip has called time on a glittering rugby career.
Warren Gatland will never coach the British and Irish Lions again after admitting he "hated" last summer's tour to New Zealand.
Ulster and Ireland captain Rory Best believes his Lions team-mate Sean O'Brien was wrong to single out attack coach Rob Howley for criticism over the drawn Test series in New Zealand.
Two of Ulster's British and Irish Lions players returned from New Zealand last night as one prepares for another significant moment in his life.
British and Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler has apologised for "any inconvenience caused" after he was arrested during a night out in Auckland at the weekend.
At the end of 240 minutes of the most intense, aggressive and high-stakes rugby, the two teams were left wondering what to make of it all and the referee was once again the centre of attention.
The clown nose was gone and the official garb swapped for civvies, but when Warren Gatland reported to the team hotel to fulfil his final media engagement of the tour yesterday he was in defiant mood.
It wasn’t Barbarian rugby and it was never going to be, but what the world witnessed in Auckland on Saturday was an epic sporting contest, a gripping rugby showdown and a match to stand the test of time. If this didn't challenge your sporting emotions then I...
Playing in New Zealand is an incredibly pressurised environment and that can get to referees as well as the players.
He is looking forward to getting home to Wexford and tidying up some niggly injuries, but there must be part of Tadhg Furlong that wishes this season would never end.
Willie John McBride believes the British and Irish Lions may have been saved from extinction by the performance of this year's side in New Zealand.
The British and Irish Lions have drawn 15-15 with New Zealand in the third and final Test in Auckland with the series finishing 1-1.
It is easy, particularly when experienced through the prism of Sky Sports' hyperbole, to dismiss the Lions.
Sean Maitland has urged the British and Irish Lions to join rugby’s immortals by inflicting a defeat on the All Blacks that will send New Zealand into mourning.
Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has called on the British and Irish Lions to seize their "once in a lifetime" opportunity against the All Blacks tomorrow morning.
The Lions are one win away from a piece of rugby history with their head coach Warren Gatland believing that victory in tomorrow's decisive third Test against the All Blacks would leave a lasting legacy,
It is most commonly defined as the rules of behaviour that require order be maintained by training and control. We refer, of course, to 'discipline', the most common thread in every post-match analysis by either side in this hugely intense tour to date.
They've already got three All Blacks in the house, but tomorrow’s game is set to be a special occasion for the Barrett clan, once of Co Meath, as they prepare to watch Beauden, Scott and Jordie in black.
Local sports fans now won't have to make an 'either or' decision on whether to watch the rugby or go to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation - they can now do both!
Ulster's Iain Henderson will miss out on a Test jersey from his first Lions tour after Warren Gatland named an unchanged side to face the All Blacks in Saturday's crucial series decider.
Neil Jenkins knows what it takes to win a Lions series. The former Wales international was part of the 1997 side that clinched a 2-1 victory over South Africa, and he was also on the coaching staff four years ago for the triumph over Australia.
David Duckham has urged the British and Irish Lions to take their places alongside his vintage of 1971 by steeling themselves for the storm he knows is coming on Saturday.
The All Blacks have not lost at Eden Park since 1994, and have not lost a home Test series since 1986 - but head coach Warren Gatland firmly believes the Lions can now claim just their second-ever series win in New Zealand.
Jared Payne's Lions tour looks to be all but over with the news that he is still battling migraines and management are unable to put a time-scale on his return to action. Ulster's Kiwi-born centre was a late scratch from the final midweek match against the...
His name rang out around Wellington's Cake Tin to the tune of 'Seven Nation Army' last Saturday night, he has been hailed as a superstar by all and sundry but it turns out Maro Itoje isn't excellent at everything.
Jared Payne faces an uncertain recovery period after being stood down due to suffering from migraines.
He is two from four against the All Blacks, a record most Irish players can only dream of, but Tadhg Furlong says the aura still exists.
Graham Rowntree has hailed lock Alun Wyn Jones for reasserting his credentials as an auxiliary back-row forward for the British and Irish Lions.
Whether it was the five new caps to face Scotland in 2000, selecting 13 Ospreys for his first Six Nations game for Wales or his dropping of Brian O'Driscoll and Peter O'Mahony, Warren Gatland has always been fond of a big selection call.
It couldn't have been any more thrilling as Warren Gatland's men rallied to come from nine points behind to seal victory over New Zealand. So what exactly can we take from it?
Perhaps, just perhaps, the All Blacks' humanity is revealing itself.
The hype around the Lions is too often over-done, but on the back of a special night in Wellington this group of players have history in their grasp.
Steve Hansen made the unusual acknowledgement that rugby “needed” the British and Irish Lions to beat his New Zealand side in order to increase the competition for the All Blacks, which he believes is “good for the game”.
Steve Hansen reckons it’s a result great for world rugby and, while leaving out the aesthetics, I think we would all go along with that.
The easy decision for Jerome Garces would have been to give Sonny Bill Williams a yellow card, but if the referee hadn't brandished the red, the integrity of the game would have been seriously damaged.
Sean O'Brien is free to play for the British and Irish Lions in Saturday's series decider in Auckland after his citing for foul play was thrown out.
The Lions launched a stunning assault on the All Blacks' nine point lead in the final 20 minutes at the Westpac Stadium and did enough to win. Just.
Leinster's Sean O'Brien says the Lions are in New Zealand to gain immortality.
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland gave a wry smile in his post-match interview as he says he is a 'pretty happy clown'.
The British and Irish Lions have ended New Zealand's unbeaten home run with a stunning 21-24 comeback win in the second Test in Wellington.
Kieran Read is fully aware of the danger that the wounded Lions will pose this morning and has called on his teammates to fight fire with fire and match the intensity they displayed to win the World Cup nearly two years ago to wrap up the three-Test series with a...
Given the freedom and joy with which he played the game, it is difficult to envisage how Christian Cullen ever fell out of love with rugby, but when the injuries finally curtailed his career the game lost its lustre.
They say a call-up to the British and Irish Lions is a life-changing experience, and rarely has the idea been more applicable than when it comes to Colin Patterson.
Warren Gatland has re-shuffled his pack but it is Steve Hansen who holds the aces. Lurking behind the facade of this series was the cold, hard reality of the challenge the Lions faced. How could any coach pull a team together in such circumstances to take on the...
Maro Itoje has described plotting the downfall of New Zealand's much-vaunted lineout as "business as usual".
Three changes in personnel and one positional switch to a Lions selection that looks confused, as against an All Black side showing but two changes and both enforced. It sure doesn't take any depth of insider knowledge to appreciate which camp in Wellington is in...
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has told Iain Henderson he could still feature in his Test plans, despite once again omitting the lock from his match-day squad to face the All Blacks.
Former Lions and Ireland out-half Tony Ward has branded Warren Gatland’s decision to include Alun Wyn Jones against the All Blacks at the expense of Iain Henderson “questionable”.
Johnny Sexton will start at out-half for the Lions against New Zealand in Saturday’s pivotal second Test, joining Owen Farrell in a 10/12 axis as Warren Gatland goes for broke in search of a series win.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has been forced into making two changes to his starting line-up for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions after both Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty were ruled out with injury, with both Anton Lienert-Brown and Waisake Naholo...
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