Hundreds of Cubans wait in line to apply for tourist visas to visit the US at the American Interests Building in Havana, this week. Photograph: Meredith Kohut/The New York Times

Excellence of the national team has always been a source of pride to the Castro regime

The  physicality of the collisions  in international rugby is breathtaking  but so too the athletic prowess,  as demonstrated here by  Australia’s Kurtley Beale, who beats team-mate Israel Folau and Ireland’s Rob Kearney to the ball at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Transformation of the game in two decades has been phenomenal

Mils Muliaina keeps a close eye on his teammates during a Connacht training session last week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New teammates benefitting from All Blacks influence at the Sportsground

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. Here he keeps a close hold on Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy. Photography: James Crombie/Inpho

Absence of legendary defender will be felt at Nowlan Park as the next generation rises

Connacht’s Denis Buckley is tackled by Steven Shingler and Johan Snyman of Scarlets at the Sportsground. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Lam’s improving young side are ready for Bayonne test in European Challenge Cup

Robbie Henshaw: still recuperating from the hip pointer strain he picked up during Ireland’s autumn series. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Ireland centre likely to be rested for Challenge Cup match against Bayonne

 LeBron James (number 23) of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots   against the Washington Wizards on November 26th, 2014. Photograph:  Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images

‘His Miami years were about establishing his individual prowess, the Cleveland project will define James’s stature in the game’

Jack Kyle spent 35 years working in Zambia after hanging up his rugby boots. Photograph: Frank Miller

His name became a kind of shorthand for talent on field, as well as for manners off it

Benny Coulter and Aidan O’Mahony on the turf during Down’s memorable win over Kerry in 2010. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Down forward never won medals that his ability deserved

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