Collisions, injuries and the changing nature of rugby: 2013/14 to early 2017/18

I look into a supposed spike in collisions in rugby, supposedly caused by law changes made before the 2017/18 season. Supposedly.

Player welfare as weapon and the amazing world of Japanese toilet tech

ROG and the now-married Stephen Ferris talk player welfare in modern rugby, and I talk to Rob Penney about life in Japan and how he looks back on his time with Munster.

Podcast: It’s the #ROGpod

Ronan O'Gara makes his debut on the pod: "Sharing" his washbag with Donncha O'Callaghan for a decade, a look ahead to Ireland vs England, and how the Stade/Racing merger announcement impacted the market for rugby players in Europe.

Podcast: Swimming with Sharks

And petting puppies. And Lions. And Horses. This is the list of things that Kevin McLaughlin, Donncha O'Callaghan and I talk about in order to get away from Ireland's defeat in Wales.

Podcast: I was the dickhead who conceded the penalty, your Highness.

Paddy Wallace and Ireland's Grand Slam game in 2009. Irish Legends, England Legends. And Jerry Flannery and Victor Costello.

Podcast: TopTenBestFriendsEver

Mike McCarthy and Johnny O'Connor talk friendship, penguins. Rugby gets a mention. There are loud noises.

BBQ, melted cheese and the tight head squeeze.

It's episode three of The Hard Yards, featuring Mike Ross, Chris Farrell and Donncha O'Callaghan

The Mullet Stud. It’s New, It’s Edgy, And it’s Legal?

A new design of stud has been deemed legal in rugby union. It's the Smart Power Profiler, and it's a strange one.

The Hard Yards: special Valentine’s Day edition

I didn't know this was going to be a love-fest. But then the lads started talking about Jamie Heaslip. Things got weird.

High tackle laws – high impact on the Six Nations?

A little something for the Irish Times looking at the stats from the first three weeks of games since the new high tackle guidelines came in...