All Blacks

By Alex Shaw The 27-man Ireland squad jetted off to Chicago this week with the most difficult question in rugby to answer weighing heavily on their minds – how do…

Keith Wood prepares to throw in at the line out

Major teams: Harlequins, Munster Country: Ireland Test span: 1994-2003 Ireland caps: 58 (55 starts) Lions caps: 5 (5 starts) Test points: 75 (15T) Brought up in Killaloe, County Clare, where…

Ex Ireland international Jack Kyle receives a standing ovation at Ulster

Major teams: Queen’s University, North of Ireland FC, Belfast Country: Ireland Test span: 1947-58 Ireland caps: 46 (46 starts) Lions caps: 6 (6 starts) Test points: 30 (9T, 1DG) Out-half…

Tony O'Reilly playing for the Lions

Major teams: Old Belvedere, Leicester, London Irish Country: Ireland Test span: 1955-1970 Ireland caps: 29 (29 starts) Lions caps: 10 (10 starts) Test points: 30 (10T) O’Reilly also did longevity,…

Tom Kiernan of Ireland

Major teams: University College Cork, Cork Constitution, Munster Country: Ireland Test span: 1960-73 Ireland caps: 54 (54 starts) Lions caps: 5 (5 starts) Test points: 193 (2T, 27C, 42P, 2DG)…

Lynne Cantwell’s story is summed up by the idea that perseverance and hard work truly pays off in sport. The diminutive centre ended her career as Ireland’s most-capped player, with…

Ireland's Mike Gibson representing the Lions

Major teams: North of Ireland, Cambridge University Country: Ireland Test span: 1964-79 Ireland caps: 69 (69 starts) Lions caps: 12 (11 starts) Test points: 112 (9T, 7C, 16P, 6DG) He…