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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: richard@rugbyplayersireland.ie

“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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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)

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

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

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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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 Greatest Lions XV Of The Professional Era

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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Rio 2016 Olympic Games Day 11, Riocentro Pavilion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 16/8/2016 Men's Bantamweight 56kg Quarter-Final Michael Conlan (Red) vs Vladimir Nikitin (Blue) Ireland's Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Michael Conlan: A Fighter, Not Just A Boxer

The Riocentro Exhibition resembled a wake-house as Vladimir Nikitin’s hand was raised aloft following Tuesday’s quarter-final bout with Michael Conlan. Shock mingled with both anger and sadness. Having had his say with the assembled media, he stormed back to his chambers passing a troop of Irish supporters who looked at him and then at each other, bewildered by the downfall …

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Soccer French Championship L1 Season 2003 2004, Toulouse vs Strasbourg. William Prunier (Toulouse). (Photo by Manuel Blondeau/Photo & Co./Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

Manchester United: The Trial Of William Prunier

Despite Eric Bailly’s impressive early season performances, the jury remains out on the ability of Manchester United’s defence to back up the challenge that will undoubtedly be posed by their potent strike force. One need only reference Eliaquim Mangala at the Etihad to understand that expensive defenders do not guarantee security. 20 years ago however, United were in a much …

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