Paul O'Connell

Rugby World columnist Stephen Jones looks ahead to this weekend's four Heineken Cup quarter-finals – and makes his predictions…

We are spoiled for young back-row talent across the world right now. Billy Vunipola was phenomenal in the early part of the Six Nations. Australian Michael Hooper has terrorised breakdowns…

Mike Phillips

Award for ‘angering millions of teenage girls’: Mike Phillips Mike Phillips has had an interesting year. Sacked from Bayonne for allegedly turning up to training under the influence, he switched…

Andrew Trimble

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…

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…

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…

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL  will depart the international scene for after 15 years and 141 Test caps after tomorrow’s game against France, with Irish fans hoping it can be with a Six…

Before this weekend there were (theoretically speaking) five sides still in the Championship hunt. Wales left the running after being comprehensively ousted at Twickenham, while Ireland brushed off hard-working Italy…