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Richard McElwee

A qualified barrister and accredited journalist, Richard is the Communications Manager & Legal Counsel with Rugby Players Ireland, the representative body for professional rugby players in the country. Richard can be contacted via email: [email protected]

Marcus Horan: “Every Day I’d Think Of Him And I Still Can’t Believe That He’s Gone”

As we made our way out of the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon, we counted ourselves lucky not to have bumped into Peter O’Mahony. Having heard his interview in the aftermath of Munster’s defeat at the hands of Leinster, it wouldn’t have needed much extra-sensory perception to imagine what was going on in the Cork man’s mind. The intensity of …

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New Awareness Campaign Once Again Highlights Concussion Concerns In Irish Sport

In September it was announced that Nathan White was retiring from professional rugby based on medical advice following a concussion injury. The Connacht and Ireland prop arrived in Dublin from his native New Zealand in 2012 to join up with Joe Schmidt at Leinster before moving onto Connacht the following year. Prior to his injury against his former employers last …

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Is There Something Missing From Ireland’s Provincial Showdowns Today?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 23: Malcolm O'Kelly (L) of Leinster and Donncha O'Callaghan (R) of Munster grapple at a maul during the Heineken Cup Semi Final between Leinster and Munster at Lansdowne Road on April 23, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Prior to the introduction of the Celtic League in 2001, interprovincial clashes mattered little to those other than the hardened supporter. Played in the depths of winter, not even those charged with covering the sport bothered to give the fixtures the appropriate attention. Given their ambivalence towards an ‘All-Ireland’ league, Ulster engaged in the annual series with added impetus and …

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Ireland: Five Surprise Selections Schmidt Could Make Ahead Of The November Internationals

Ireland Rugby Tour To South Africa 2016 Ireland Rugby Captain's Run, Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa 24/6/2016 Head coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ireland’s recent endeavours in South Africa have shown the merits of introducing a dash of freshness into the camp. Several fringe players put their hands up in the intimidating environments of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. While they ultimately failed to finish out the job, several of the more inexperienced troop will have undoubtedly benefitted from the experience. Many …

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Top Ten: Rugby’s Longest Bans

When Chris Ashton summoned his inner Luis Suarez and wanted a chunk of the arm of Northampton’s Alex Waller at a ruck during Saracen’ 27-12 Premiership victory on Saturday, it became the latest in a series of disciplinary issues which have come to blight the English winger’s career. Banned for 10 weeks for eye-gouging Luke Marshall last season, Ashton has …

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The Greatest Lions XV Of The Professional Era

0 Jul 2001: The Lions injured consisting of (l to r) Brian O''Driscoll, Rob Henderson and Jonny Wilkinson watch training in Manly, Sydney, Australia. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers/ALLSPORT

The dawn of the professional era cast much doubt over the sustainability of the infamous British and Irish Lions tours. However, despite much scrutiny and several underwhelming campaigns, the Lions remain one of the novel aspects of a continuously evolving game. “Probably the most powerful brand in world rugby,” according to Sean Fitzpatrick, there is little fear of the Lions …

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