Leinster and Ireland international lock Devin Toner has signed a three-year contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union.The deal, announced jointly by the IRFU and his provincial team Leinster, will see him remain with Leinster until at least June 2020. Toner, 30, is an integral part of the successful Ireland set-up under head coach Joe Schmidt.The 42 times-capped forward featured in Irelands RBS 6 Nations title-winning teams of 2014 and 2015, and helped Ireland recently beat New Zealand and Australia.His equally-impressive Leinster career, meanwhile, has produced European Cup and PRO12 title successes.IRFU performance director David Nucifora said: Devin is a top-class international second-row and has grown into a leader for both Ireland and Leinster. His performances for Ireland over the past number of seasons have been outstanding, and he continues to show growth and an appetite to develop his game.Toner added: I am delighted to have re-signed with the IRFU and Leinster. 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In practice, the Corinthian spirit wasnt banished until Englands last great cavalier, David Gower, had been ousted from the team. The tensions between Gower, Englands former captain, and their new leader, Graham Gooch, did not explode until a certain Tiger Moth incident during the Ashes campaign in 1990-91, but Gooch had made the parameters of his regime quite clear by omitting Gower from Englands tour to the West Indies the previous winter. He was duly recalled for the series against India in July 1990, but in a riotous summer for run-scoring, Gowers efforts in his first five innings - 134 runs at 33.50 - were not enough to ensure his Ashes ticket ... and he knew it. England followed on and faced a series-levelling defeat, but Gower plumbed depths of determination that he rarely allowed to be so visible. An unbeaten 157 ensued, and his career was saved (though only, as it turned out, for a further eight matches).Matthew Hayden, Australia v England, The Oval 2005 Englands Ashes victory in 2005 could not have been possible had it not been for their singular dominance over two key individuals - Adam Gilchrist, who didnt make a half-century all series, and Matthew Hayden, who did ... but not until the horse had all but bolted in the final match of the series. Two years earlier, Hayden had been a batsman at the peak of his powers, bullying opponents into submission with his stand-and-deliver strokeplay. At one stage he had managed 19 hundreds in 41 Tests, but by the Oval Test, he had gone 30 innings without a three-figure score, and had been badly found out by men such as Matthew Hoggard, whom he had formerly treated with disdain. Knowing that the axe was hovering above his head, he set himself to survive no matter what and in a disciplined, determined and uncharacteristically scratchy innings, made 138 of the most cathartic runs of his career. Suddenly the beast had been unleashed. He followed up with centuries in each of his next three Tests and, to judge by his 153 at Melbourne this winter, is still going strong.Don Bradman, Australia v England, Brisbane 1947-48 Bradman, famously, was dropped from Australias Test side just once in his incomparable career - and that happened straight after his debut. But by 1946-47, seven war-torn years had gone by since his last Test appearance and in that time Bradman had been weakened by fibrositis, the illness that forced his discharge from the Army in 1941, and distracted by his burgeoning business interests. There was no guarantee that he would see out the summer, as England toured to reignite the Ashes. Had he been given out on 28, however, when he edged Bill Voce to second slip where Jack Ikin thought he had taken a clean catch, that could quite conceivably have been that. Instead Bradman ploughed onwards and upwards, finishing with 187 - his 22nd Test century in his 38th Test - and an innings-and-332-run win.Michael Atherton, England v New Zealand, Auckland 1996-97Any leader of any enterprise, whether it is industry or commerce, who leads his team to such a succession of dismal failures sooner or later is either shoved aside or does the honourable thing and resigns. Now will you do the honourable thing? Those were the damning words uttered by ITNs foreign correspondent, Michael Nicholson, as Michael Atherton sat his teams first press conference in New Zealand, following their arrival from a farcically-inept tour of Zimbabwe. The Tests had been drawn 0-0, the one-dayers lost 3-0, and Athertons own form with the bat was as poor as at any time in his career. He had contributed 34 runs in the Zimbabwe series and, in a last-ditch attempt to find some semblance of form, locked himself into an indoor school in Hamilton and batted for hours against a solitary bowling machine. Astonishingly it worked. He nudged his way back to form with 83 in the first game, and then made 94 not out and 118 in the decisive third Test at Christchurch, a triumphant performance in which he was on the field for every minute of the first four days.Steve Waugh, Australia v England, Sydney 2002-03 Australian legends dont always get the sort of cap-doffing treatment that came Shane Warnes way this winter. On Englands last tour of Australia in 2002-03, their captain, Steve Waugh, was coming under mounting pressure for his lack of runs and advancing age. He had guided Australia to a 4-0 series lead with one match to play, but in his last 23 Test innings he had posted just four fifties and one century. Another failure and the axe was almost certain to fall, especially as Ricky Ponting was already in charge of the one-day side that was about to begin a triumphant World Cup campaign. In the build-up to the match the career obituarists were already in full flow, with one journalist asking Waugh what the highlight of his career had been. It might be yet to come, came the prophetic reply. With his side in rare trouble at 150 for 5, Waugh accumulated grimly in partnership with Adam Gilchrist, until he was left needing two runs for his century from the final delivery of the second day. Cool as a cucumber, he lashed Richard Dawson through the covers to cue an outpouring of sentiment from a rapt nation.Mark Taylor, England v Australia, Edgbaston 1997 If Atherton and Waugh thought they had it bad, then few form slumps can have been so prolonged or destabilising as the one that engulfed Mark Taylor in the run-up to the 1997 Ashes. For eighteen months he could barely buy a run, and it was only the acknnowledged excellence of his captaincy and the good-humoured diplomacy he brought to the job that kept the knives from his back.dddddddddddd But then things turned nasty for him and his team. A unexpected whitewashing in the Texaco Trophy against a resurgent England was followed by a humiliating first morning of the Ashes at Edgbaston, as Australia were rolled over for 118, having at once stage been 54 for 8. Taylors own share was 7, making it 11 Tests and 21 innings since he had last made even a half-century. When England bulldozed their way to 478 for 9 declared in reply, Taylor knew he would be getting no final final chances. In 396 minutes of the gutsiest batting imaginable, Australias captain hauled his career back from the brink with his 15th Test century. It didnt save the Test, but it ultimately turned the series.Bob Willis, England v Australia, Headingley 1981 It was Bothams Match, of that there is no doubt. But the coup de grace of arguably the most famous game of all time was delivered by a man on whom time had already been called by the selectors. Bob Williss inspired spell of 8 for 43 scattered the Aussies for 111 and made possible Englands successful defence of the Ashes, but he had originally been omitted from the squad in favour of the Derbyshire seamer, Mike Hendrick. Englands returning captain, Mike Brearley, believed Willis - who by now was 32 and increasingly fragile - had a chest infection that would rule him out of contention for the Test. Willis, however, argued otherwise, and to prove his fitness was asked to bowl flat out in a 40-over one-day game for Warwickshire, as well as a second-XI match and an extended net session. Hendricks invitation to play was intercepted before it could reach him, Willis explained. My name was among those read out to the waiting world on the midday news the following day.Ian Botham, England v Australia, Brisbane 1986-87Bothams own game of reckoning came some five-and-a-half years later in Australia. After lording it over the Aussies in the summer of 1985, Beefys career had hit the skids somewhat. He was clobbered all around the Caribbean in the midst of that winters 5-0 whitewash, and at the start of the 1986 season, he had been banned for five Tests for admitting to using cannabis. At The Oval against New Zealand he made a triumphant return, equalling Dennis Lillees world bowling record with his second ball and breaking it an over later, but the doubts persisted as England toiled through the opening matches of that winters Ashes, with the taunt cant bowl, cant bat, cant field ringing in their ears. Botham, however, had lost none of his Midas Touch, and at Brisbane he climbed into his 14th and final Test century, and his first for almost three years, to propel England towards what remains one of the sweetest Ashes wins in their history.Steve Harmison, England v West Indies, Kingston 2004 Ashingtons third most famous sporting son is also one of the most notoriously reluctant travellers ever to play international cricket. His first England tour, to Pakistan with the Under-19s in 1996-97, ended in an early flight home and the lifelong friendship of his captain on that trip, Andrew Flintoff. His first Ashes tour, in 2002-03, degenerated into an attack of the yips when he lost his run-up at Perth, and the following winter, he was sent home from the tour of Bangladesh after taking nine wickets in the first Test. Ostensibly he had suffered a back injury on the flight from Dhaka to Chittagong, but when he wasnt invited back for the Sri Lankan leg of the tour, murmurs started to circulate about his attitude. He returned under something of a cloud for the tour of the Caribbean in April, whereupon he stunned the world - and himself - with 7 for 12 in the first Test in Jamaica. Before long he was an equally reluctant No. 1 in the world rankings.Shaun Pollock, South Africa v India, 2006-07In Australia they heave under-achieving legends out of the side window; in South Africa they plot how to ensure they can bow out with dignity. Last year that was what Shaun Pollocks career had been reduced to. In 12 Tests since the start of 2005 he had mustered just 29 wickets at 43.17, more than double his previous career average, and it seemed it was only his batting that was keeping him in the side as Makhaya Ntini and Andre Nel shared the new-ball burden. And with just two fifties to his name in that period, even that was debatable. But then along came India, and a remarkable rebirth took place. His 13 wickets came at just 16 runs apiece and with the bat he delivered a pair of matchwinning performances at Durban and Cape Town, the last of which came after being shoved up to No. 4 in the order. Im not the first Pollock to bat at No.4 for South Africa, he said while accepting his Man-of-the-Series award, in reference to his famous uncle, Graeme.Alec Stewart, England v India, Lords 1996 If Raymond Illingworth had had his way, Alec Stewarts mighty England career would have been sawn off shortly after his half-century. Following a disappointing tour of South Africa (and an even worse World Cup), Stewart was one of a clutch of scapegoats that included Robin Smith and Angus Fraser, as England began their next Test series against India in 1996. Stewart by this stage had played 53 Tests at an average of 38.23, not too shabby by the dismal standards of Englands decade, but he was ousted in favour of Nick Knight. Knight, however, broke a finger during his comeback Test, and a suitably piqued Gaffer resumed his duties for the second Test on his favourite ground, Lords. He made 66 in the second innings to secure the draw, and then embarked on a run of form that included at least a half-century in his next nine games. By that winter he had even been reunited with the wicketkeeping gloves, and responded with innings of 101 not out and 173 against Zimbabwe and New Zealand. ' ' '