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.

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 many types of captaincy – which one’s right for Joe Schmidt?

Does a player's relationship with the media matter when it comes to a decision around captaincy?

What do World Rankings really mean?

Golf, rugby, tennis, soccer and a bit of chess.

Michael Cheika’s Risky Pair

On bringing just two hookers, and why bringing Ian Madigan as the third Irish nine would be a good plan.

Ireland’s Defence and Fantastic Rucking

Why even if Irish players are not dotted all over the "official" Six Nations stats leaderboards they're still doing plenty of valuable work.

Paul O’Connell – By Any Measure, One Of The Great Locks

An Irish Times column about Paul O'Connell's test debut in 2002 and his long test career to follow. Also reference to some other Irish sporting centurions.

Ireland’s Winning Streak – enjoy it while it lasts

With nine consecutive wins under the belt Ireland are in a good place. I wrote about winning streaks for the Irish Times.

How Big Has Become Beautiful in Irish Rugby

The changing size of Irish rugby teams since 1980. For the Irish Times.

The Size & Shape of Irish Rugby

A short companion piece on the heights & weights of the current Ireland team as part of Michael Moynihan's feature on size in rugby in the Irish Examiner.