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Richard McElwee

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]

“Hand On Heart, I Feel Privileged To Have Played With Them And To Have Played A Part In Their Rugby Journey.”

As Jack Cullen watched Garry Ringrose dance through defences in recent weeks from a London pub, he sat back, sipped on his pint and revelled in Ireland’s triumph. Those that sat nearby barely acknowledged the screen, but Cullen’s focus was undeterred. As a musician, Cullen is an avid storyteller yet when the conversation veers towards his own rugby past, those …

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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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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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