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# leader - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

Sam Cane appointed All Blacks captain by new head coach Foster

The 28-year-old flanker succeeds Kieran Read.

# leader - Sunday 3 May, 2020

'It turned out to be the best four years of my career by a country mile'

Johann Muller says David Humphreys played a huge role in making his time in Ulster such a happy one.

# leader - Thursday 2 April, 2020

'We talked about it being a one campaign thing' - Sexton says captaincy may be reviewed due to disrupted season

Johnny Sexton discussed his Ireland captaincy, dealing with critisicm, and how he is staying fit during the lockdown.

# leader - Wednesday 4 March, 2020

'In terms of the captaincy, it seems we're not so quick to see how good Johnny has become'

Former Ireland captain Rory Best is confident his successor, Johnny Sexton, will bounce back.

# leader - Friday 28 February, 2020

'I'm well used to the criticism, I've had it for my whole career... keep it coming'

Johnny Sexton feels Ireland could have dealt with England’s linespeed better.

# leader - Sunday 23 February, 2020

A tough day for captain Johnny Sexton on a tough day for Andy Farrell's Ireland

The 34-year-old missed his two kicks at goal and made an error for England’s opening try.

# leader - Friday 21 February, 2020

'If you messed up in lineouts there was a death stare. That's the worst'

Paul O’Connell has returned to Ireland camp this week.

# leader - Monday 10 February, 2020

'Johnny chaired the meeting and you’re almost clinging onto the words he says'

The Ireland out-half is getting to grips with his new role as the team’s permanent leader.

# leader - Tuesday 28 January, 2020

James Ryan doesn't need to be captain to go to next level with Ireland

The 23-year-old second row still has plenty of room for improvement.

# leader - Thursday 23 January, 2020

'I want to play for as long as I can because I love what I do' - Sexton

34-year-old Johnny Sexton is excited to have taken on the Ireland captaincy for the Six Nations.

# leader - Monday 20 January, 2020

Clifford named as new captain of Kerry's senior footballers

The Fossa clubman, who turns 21 on Wednesday, will lead the Kingdom out for 2020.

# leader - Thursday 16 January, 2020

'Second best isn't acceptable' - Sexton gets the Ireland captaincy he wanted

The Leinster man says the new job is the biggest honour of his career.

# leader - Wednesday 15 January, 2020

Stuart Hogg named captain and 6 newcomers in Scotland squad for Six Nations

The Exeter Chiefs fullback replaces Stuart McInally.

# leader - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

'If he gets selected as Ireland captain, he’ll do a great job' - Van Graan backs O'Mahony

The 30-year-old Munster skipper is among the candidates to succeed Rory Best.

# leader - Wednesday 4 December, 2019

Schmidt expresses caution as 'impressive' James Ryan is touted as Ireland captain

The 23-year-old second row is many people’s choice to succeed Rory Best.

# leader - Saturday 2 November, 2019

'We come from different backgrounds, different races, and we came together with one goal'

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi delivered a memorable speech after the Springboks beat England in the Rugby World Cup final.

# leader - Wednesday 30 October, 2019

'He's the sort of person you want to follow' - Farrell leading England by example

The 28-year-old Saracens man is the heartbeat of Eddie Jones’ team.

# leader - Tuesday 29 October, 2019

O'Driscoll says there's 'no rush' with James Ryan being Ireland captain

There have been many calls for the 23-year-old to succeed the retired Rory Best.

# leader - Sunday 27 October, 2019

'I was watching the 2007 final in the tavern because I didn't have a TV at home'

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has proved to be a wonderful leader for Rassie Erasmus’ side.

# leader - Wednesday 16 October, 2019

O'Mahony primed for the 'biggest' game of his career against All Blacks

The Munster man will play in his first World Cup knock-out game on Saturday.

# leader - Monday 14 October, 2019

Sexton bemused by criticism of Ireland as Schmidt's side gear up for All Blacks

The 34-year-old out-half says the Kiwis are accustomed to dealing with the pressure of being favourites.

# leader - Tuesday 1 October, 2019

'It has taken a while but it was worth the wait and I’m incredibly proud'

Johnny Sexton has been named Ireland captain for the first time at the age of 34.

# leader - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Ireland confident that 'calm' Jack Carty will step up against Japan

The 27-year-old has been handed a huge starting opportunity at the World Cup.

# leader - Sunday 22 September, 2019

Rory Best leads by example in superb showing from Ireland's pack

The 37-year-old completed the full 80 minutes as his side dismantled Scotland.

# leader - Wednesday 28 August, 2019

Decision on Ireland's World Cup captaincy not finalised, says Schmidt

Rory Best remains the favourite to lead Ireland in Japan.

# leader - Saturday 24 August, 2019

'We can’t keep thinking, ‘We need to be like 2018.' We need to be better'

Ireland captain Rory Best believes his team can overcome this year’s Six Nations disappointment.

# leader - Wednesday 7 August, 2019

Alun Wyn Jones: Fatherhood helped me become a better captain

The Welsh Grand Slam-winning captain admits having children gave him some perspective on his playing career.

# leader - Saturday 25 May, 2019

Carapaz grabs pink jersey with Giro stage 14 win

The 25-year-old edged ahead of Primoz Roglic in the standings after breaking from the chief contenders on the Giro’s toughest hill yet.

# leader - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

'He's a man for the big games': Bernardo Silva urges Kompany to stay as contract winds down

The Belgian’s current deal is up at the end of the season and the midfielder wants Manchester City’s captain to remain at the club.

# leader - Sunday 28 April, 2019

'We have to be tough on each other because that's how you go forward'

Ireland Women have no games this summer, while the five top nations play each other in July

# leader - Thursday 18 April, 2019

Sam Bennett extends his lead at Tour of Turkey

The Irish rider finished second in today’s third stage to Edremit.

# leader - Saturday 16 March, 2019

'Pressure can do very strange things to you' - Ireland captain Best

The 36-year-old made his final appearance in the Six Nations in Cardiff.

# leader - Tuesday 29 January, 2019

Boost for Westmeath as key defender returns while experienced forward named captain

Kieran Martin replaces John Heslin as skipper.

Reds defender Van Dijk emerges as a doubt through illness

The big Dutchman has been a colossus since joining Liverpool but he could miss their Premier League meeting with Leicester City.

# leader - Thursday 24 January, 2019

Pogba could be Man United captain after Mourinho demotion, says Solskjaer

The caretaker boss says the Frenchman may get the chance to lead the club again after being stripped of the deputy role by the Portuguese.

# leader - Wednesday 23 January, 2019

'He's more an individual player than a leader'

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has demanded more from Eden Hazard.

# leader - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Leinster keen to keep influential Scott Fardy beyond end of season

The 34-year-old is in superb form and has a strong influence within the squad.

# leader - Friday 4 January, 2019

Wales hooker Ken Owens redeployed at number eight for Scarlets

The 32-year-old has been forced into a major positional change due to injuries.

# leader - Friday 7 December, 2018

From Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, ally of Merkel, elected new leader of CDU party Germany

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, ally of Merkel, elected new leader of CDU party

Kramp-Karrenbauer narrowly defeated Friedrich Merz, a one-time Merkel rival.

# leader - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

From Mary Lou McDonald named as a 'Disruptor' who will help shape Europe in 2019 Politico

Mary Lou McDonald named as a 'Disruptor' who will help shape Europe in 2019

The Sinn Féin leader is also described as a ‘unifier’ by the publication.

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