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When men became Giants: an oral history of Ireland 1-0 Italy, USA World Cup 1994
On the 20th anniversary of one of Irish football’s most famous days, we revisit the story with the people who made it happen.
Stephen Ferris: There were dark days when I thought 'Sh*t, I can't make this'
The retired Ulster, Ireland and Lions flanker opens up about his all-too-short comeback from a debilitating ankle injury.
'I'd always looked at Leinster as being the role model' - Gregor Townsend
The Glasgow Warriors coach tells about his coaching journey ahead of his side’s clash with Munster.
'He's almost got eyes on the back of his head' - Schmidt pushing Bowe to next level
The Ulster wing has hit the 30 mark, but insists there is always scope for improvement amidst the competition out wide.
'Super-human' Ruan Pienaar targets second Heineken Cup final in three seasons
Former Ulster teammate Adam D’Arcy caught up with the South African ahead of this weekend’s Heineken Cup clash with Saracens.
A deadly own goal, doping at the World Cup and choke tackles; the week's best sportswriting
There are also pieces on Six Nations ball carrying stats, El Clásico and the kind-hearted Hartlepool manager.
Foley: 'If you don't have the core skills, there's no point in having an overall philosophy'
The Munster head coach-to-be discusses his coaching beliefs and the challenges that await.
The tale of Jean-Pierre Adams and disproving your own beliefs; this week’s best sportswriting
This week’s most enjoyable reads include an examination of the state of UFC and Jonathan Wilson’s Sunderland-based concerns.
To those who would call me a thug or worse: Some of the week's best sportswriting
Grab a coffee, relax and enjoy the best sports journalism on the web.
'Whether people believe it or not, professional rugby is a tough, tough sport'
We spoke to Munster Academy Manager Peter Malone about what goes into producing a professional player.
‘Successful teams have a consistency of thought’ – George Gregan
The Australian World Cup winner provides some insight into how coaches set the standards for their players.
Interview: The 21-year-old Irish author who's written a book on Jose Mourinho
Galway native Ciaran Kelly speaks about his book on one of the world’s most famous sports personalities.
Graham Hunter on the greatest achievement in the history of international football and why England can dominate one day
We spoke to the Spanish-based Scottish journalist about his new book.
Alan McLoughlin on the goal that sealed Ireland's World Cup place, 20 years ago today
It was a tense night at Windsor Park but Jack Chalton’s Boys in Green got out of Belfast with the point they needed on a dramatic night.
Jim McGuinness dreaming of Donegal dynasty
The All Ireland winning manager takes his satisfaction from helping players make the most of their time in the Donegal shirt.
I was there: Leinster's heartbreaking RaboDirect Pro12 final defeat
Gather round, for a tale of sunshine, scrums and Shane.