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Last year
'He's a Liverpool legend' - Klopp confirms Origi is leaving ahead of expected Milan move
The Belgian striker is likely to receive a special reception at Anfield on Sunday.
All time
‘I would struggle to watch the 2008 Heineken Cup final again – I’d just cringe’
What is it like to play in a Champions Cup final? And what sort of influence does Ronan O’Gara have on a team? Munster’s 2008 Heineken Cup winner Denis Hurley opens the dressing room door.
Cavani welcomes Man Utd fans back to Old Trafford with wonder goal in Fulham draw
Joe Bryan all too easily directed home Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s cross as Fulham replied.
From gym salesman to Champions Cup star - rugby's Rocky story
Darragh Fanning went from selling gym equipment to getting called up by Joe Schmidt’s Ireland in a whirlwind year.
'I was like a sporting junkie, hooked on the adrenaline, the pursuit of perfection'
Shane Byrne won 41 caps for Ireland, played four tests for the British and Irish Lions and is fondly remembered as one of the best hookers of his era. Yet his career is touched with sadness and regret.
‘What in the name of Jaysus were we doing going into a warzone to play rugby?’
Noel Mannion is best remembered for his iconic try against Wales in 1989 – but his fondest memories come from crossing the border to play in Ulster.
'Gatty gave us fake tan to make us look tough - we were like 6'6" Oompa-Loompas'
Paul Wallace lit up the 1997 Lions tour but also thrived for both Munster and Leinster in Irish rugby’s bitterest rivalry.
'I felt I'd play forever, win 10 more medals but it was all over for me at 27'
Barry Daly was Leinster’s top try scorer when they won the Champions Cup/Pro14 double. But injury brought his career to a premature end.
‘Had Dan McFarland coached us, we would have won silverware’
Andrew Trimble reflects on the Ulster glory days and predicts another unforgettable night at Ravenhill tomorrow.
‘My first contract was for £32,000 – I’d have made more in McDonald’s’
Becoming a professional rugby player was meant to be David Corkery’s dream job. Instead it left his body ‘a car crash’ at 27.
The unluckiest Leinster player to never win an Ireland cap
It is 25 years since rugby turned professional – the same year a new tournament called the Heineken Cup was born. Former Leinster captain Chris Pim relives the madness of those transitional years.
'A hell of a ride' comes to an end for former Munster and Ulster back-rower Nick Williams
The number eight has announced his retirement from rugby at 36.
Arsenal offers to help troubled defender Emmanuel Eboue
The Ivory Coast star played for Arsenal between 2005 and 2011 and he took home a seven-digit sum every year during his stay.
Irish striker becoming a cult hero in Poland after bagging yet another match-winner
Cillian Sheridan is in flying form at league leaders Jagiellonia Bialystok.
The Derry Pele is back! Ex-Celtic winger McCourt signs for Finn Harps
The 33-year-old has agreed to join the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side.
Tony Sheridan: 'I'd like to be remembered as a player people loved to go and watch'
A cult League of Ireland figure but Sheridan’s mythical status has counted against him throughout his carer.
'The Derry Pele' to line out for Dundalk as work begins on Oriel Park pitch
Paddy McCourt is likely to be involved for the Lilywhites this evening as they take on his former club Glenavon in a friendly.
Ravanelli: It's my dream to manage Middlesbrough
The former Boro striker has revealed his desire to return to the Riverside.
Lee Trundle shows he hasn't lost his ridiculous talent with the cheekiest of penalties
He may be 40, but the Swansea City legend is still banging in goals for fun.
Panenka: 'Sometimes I'd go to sleep thinking of ways of getting the better of him'
It’s 40 years since the attacking midfielder conjured a moment of absolute genius at the European Championships.
'You walk out to a sea of green and start thinking about holidays on farms in Kerry and Clare'
Gary Breen admits getting ‘very emotional’ right before Ireland’s 2002 World Cup campaign and says he sees a similar togetherness in the current squad.
Aaron Ramsey explains why 'silver fox' ex-Ireland midfielder was his boyhood idol
The Arsenal and Wales star was appearing on Sky One’s A League of Their Own.
The Barbarians have drafted in a Leinster legend to face Ireland
Nathan Hines has been called in at the last minute.
Football hipsters rejoice as 'The Octopus' secures a Premier League deal
After a fine season in which his 15 clean sheets helped to secure promotion, the former Spurs keeper commits to three more years.
A former Ireland lock has been handed a lengthy contract extension in France
Jeremy Davidson has been working wonders on a low budget at Aurillac in the Pro D2.
'I think I'm the only Ireland international ever to play for Toulon'
Rob Henderson tells The42 about his memorable season with the European giants.
Munster cult hero Holland will be coaching in Super Rugby from next year
Jason Holland will be working alongside John Plumtree at the Hurricanes.
Lars and the real goal: whatever happened to Dortmund hero Ricken?
20 years old when he scored that glorious goal in the 1997 Champions League final, what came next?
A former Irish international and footballing cult hero has announced his retirement
Manager Neal Ardley has described David Connolly as “the best striker I ever played with”.
Remember Tomas Brolin? This is what he looks like now
One of the stars of the 1994 World Cup was playing in a charity match last week.