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One-club man: Declan Danaher retired last month after 15 years at London Irish. Now he's their academy coach

Declan Danaher picks his Top XV

IT WILL always tug on a club’s heartstrings when one of their most loyal players reaches retirement, though when Declan Danaher hung up his boots in March, the London Irish…

Just (ten) grand! David Lemi celebrates as he scores the Premiership's 10,000th try

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Golden Oldie Branded “too old” and “past his sell-by date” by Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards last month, David Lemi carried on proving Richards and any other doubters…

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Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Gutsy Garces The moment Jared Payne sent an airborne Alex Goode crashing to the turf during the fourth minute of Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash between Ulster and…

In the thick of it: A burly Ed Slater gets involved against Northampton Saints

Heineken Cup Quarters: Four to watch

This set of Heineken Cup quarter-finals is possibly the most enticing last eight ever assembled. Each of the four ties is jam-packed with stellar talent and most of the continent’s…

At a stretch: Robin Copeland drives on for Cardiff Blues against Ulster

Wales: Five things we learned in March

One problem down, one to go The furore over the future of European rugby seems all but over. April should see the announcement of a new tournament, with the desired…

Andrew Trimble

Round 5: Six Nations Team of the Weekend

Mike Brown’s remarkable consistency continued in Rome, but the Scarlets' bomb-diffuser supreme was brilliant against Scotland and demonstrated that Wales have more than one rapier full-back. In the right place…

Patience pays: Trimble has had ups and downs in the Irish jersey

Ireland: Five things we learned v France

By Claire Glancy  “Get bitter or get better” Andrew Trimble has had more heartaches than highs since making his Ireland debut in 2005. He has won 55 caps since then…

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Wales v Scotland: Five things we’ve learned

WALES BEAT Scotland 51-3 in what became a training ground rout. Of course, this wasn’t Scotland. This was 14 man Scotland. After Stuart Hogg’s foolishly late hit on Dan Biggar…

Last laugh: But who will replace O'Driscoll?

Six Nations: France 20-22 Ireland

By Bea Asprey in Paris  The match in 30 seconds The RBS 6 Nations ended in a fairytale fashion rarely seen in sport as Brian O’Driscoll took home the title…