Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton:  “Johnny is just one of a number of guys we are trying to manage back.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Leo Cullen picks Joey Carbery for Newport game with Seán O’Brien also on injured list

Ireland coach Zaur Antia intends to become more involved in coaching the women boxers. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s been a difficult few months for Irish boxing but Antia remains an important part

Johnny Sexton’s fitness is a concern for both Leinster and Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Joey Carbery will start at 10 against the Newport Gwent Dragons this weekend

Craig Fulton: assessing the  talent  at his disposal as he plans for the important World League event at Stormont in Belfast next  March.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Keith O’Hare, Jamie Wright, Matthew Nelson and Julian Dale all won caps against Spain

Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton reacts after sustaining a hamstring injury against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan

Ireland coach says injured outhalf needs time out but province want him back for Cup tie

Katie Taylor is declared the winner against Karina Kopinska in London on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish boxer will take on Viviane Obenauf on undercard of men’s world heavyweight clash

Katie Taylor celebrates her win at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Having beaten Kopinska in less than five minutes, the Irish boxer ends a difficult run

Katie Taylor celebrates her win over Karina Kopinska at the The SSE Arena, Wembley, London. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Knpho

Former Olympic champion disposes of Kopinska’s challenge within three rounds

Katie Taylor lands a right in her bout with Karina Kopinska at the Wembley Arena. Photo: Henry Browne/Reuters

Taylor ticks all the right boxes as she makes debut at Wembley Arena

Katie Taylor in London during the weigh in ahead  of her fight with Karina Kopinska. Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Reuters.

Entertainment key to professional boxing soap opera, says promoter Eddie Hearns

A number of clubs have sought information on how the Tennis Ireland selection process for the new chief executive position was conducted. Photograph: Inpho

Former FAI executive Richard Fahey will begin post as new chief executive in January

Australia’s Kane Douglas: had his time at Leinster cut short by Michael Cheika. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Secondrow failed to impress in short time at Leinster but wants to shine for Australia

Katie Taylor: “It’s a new journey, an exciting journey and I am lucky to have a platform on Sky.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Boxer’s aim is not just to win anymore but to capture the public’s imagination

 Irish  manager Mick Kearney: “Of 12 incidents that needed looking at [by citing oficer], just one  related to Ireland.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Retiring rugby team manager denies Ireland are whinging after defeat to New Zealand

 Jamie Heaslip (centre) speaks to the players after Ireland’s defeat to the All Blacks in the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. “There’s no point looking back. The game is over. They won.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland’s number eight ain’t complaining about bruising match against All Blacks

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw is injured in the tackle of Sam Cane of New Zealand during the Autumn Test at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland duo both received injuries on Saturday while Simon Zebo looks set to play

Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong runs into an All Black wall at Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Prop regrets not having another crack at All Blacks to decide November mini-series

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose battles for possession with New Zealand’s Anton Lienert-Brown during the game at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘Your 10 and your 12 run a lot of your game . . . we did lose our shape’

New Zealand clears the  ball upfield against Ireland as  Johnny Sexton rushes in. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Beauden Barrett and team-mates won’t forget one-year anniversary of legend’s death

Ireland goalkeeper David Harte prepares to defend a penalty corner during the Rio Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Kinsale native in line to retain world title after good showing at Olympic Games

Steve Hansen has said his side let down All Blacks history in Chicago. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

‘If we prepare well and our attitude is good then we are going to be hard to beat’

Jerome Kaino: A secondrow two weeks ago in Soldier Field, where, he says, “I tried to be Brodie Retallick”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘Chicago loss has added a little spice to edge we’ve got this week,’ says senior All Black

New Zealand  assistant coach Ian Foster: “I guess what’s happened in Chicago has just added a little bit more seasoning to it, hasn’t it?” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Return of Brodie Retallick and most likely Sam Whitelock ups the ante for Ireland

The  Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. South Africa has 14 stadiums with a capacity of over 40,000. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Both Irish rivals have a lot in their favour in terms of infrastructure and stadiums

How does the bidding process for the 2023 Rugby World Cup work? Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

All the key questions and answers as Ireland look to bring the Webb Ellis Cup to home soil

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose makes a break during the Guinness Series match against Canada at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Garry Ringrose and Billy Holland get first caps, but focus is on next clash with All Blacks

Ireland’s Alison Miller is tackled by Kay Wilson during her side’s narrow defeat to England. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

First November clash ends in a frustrating and narrow defeat to the world champions

World Rugby chief executive  Brett Gosper: “Ireland have an opportunity to demonstrate what great hosts they are.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland is competing with France and South Africa to host men’s tournament

Ireland coach Craig Fulton: “The door is  never closed to the national squad if performances warrant it.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster venue chosen to host World Cup qualification event next March

Ireland players  Niamh Briggs, Alison Miller, Clare McLaughlin and Nora Stapleton following the Women’s Rugby  World Cup pool draw at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Draw starts ball rolling for tournament to be held in Dublin and Belfast next August

Ireland players Clare McLaughlin, Alison Miller, Niamh Briggs and Nora Stapleton after the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup pool draw at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

One Pool C team yet to be decided following Belfast draw for 2017 tournament

Ireland’s Clare McLaughlin, Niamh Briggs, Nora Stapleton and Alison Miller at the Pool draw for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Tom Tierney’s hosts drawn in Pool C with fellow 2014 semi-finalists and Wallaroos

Ireland’s Devin Toner and Jack McGrath tackle New Zealand’s Ben Smith. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

Belfast explorer, who is blind and paralysed, stressed importance of a positive mindset

Pat Hickey, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland at Harbour Road Howth. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is not hard to believe that the OCI, now deeply divided, is in complete melt down

  Dan Carter at the launch of SoftCo10, a leading provider of financial software.

Carter believes if All Blacks can negate Sexton, the hard work will be done

Stephen Ferris has backed   Tommy Bowe to return to his best form. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

‘I think Tommy, right now, believes that he can play for the Lions next year’

 All Black Charles Piutau and former Ireland International Stephen Ferris were in The Helix Theatre in Dublin  to officially launch the historic ‘Rugby Weekend’ event in Chicago, presented by AIG Insurance. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Former international says players won’t let focus waver as they meet All Blacks

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland

Lions coach already trying to get under skin of his New Zealand counterpart

Michael Conlan protests his controversial loss to Russian Vladimir Nikitin in the bantamweight quarter-final bout at the Olympic Games in Rio in August. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Boxer has put Rio debacle behind him as he embarks on professional career in California

Ben Robinson died as a result of second impact syndrome suffered in a match for Carrickfergus Grammar School in Januray 2011.

Karen Walton’s son Benjamin died as result of second-impact syndrome

Ben Robinson died as a result of second impact syndrome suffered in a match for Carrickfergus Grammar School in Januray 2011.

Governing bodies including IRFU and World Rugby named in case in Belfast High Court

Katie Taylor with her manager Brian Peters. “She wanted to get going quickly because that’s the way she is,” said Peters. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Boxer signs with Eddie Hearn as manager Brian Peters hints at title fight within two years

David Balbirnie has been actively involved in hockey for over 40 years.

Former Ireland senior men’s team manager going to top international administrative job

Pat Hickey at the Rio Games. The Deloitte report on the Olympic Council of Ireland is due to be presented to the council’s emergency general meeting on Thursday night. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

With John Delaney and Kevin Kilty leaving, the time is right to reform Olympics body

Olympic lightweight double skulls silver medallists Paul and Gary O’Donovan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Skibbereen siblings admit to being obsessed with becoming the best in the world

Seán O’Brien goes through some routines during a Leinster squad training session at  Rosemount, UCD. Photograph: Inpho

Tullow Tank needs to prove to Joe Schmidt that he is ready for daunting All Black challenge in Chicago

Stuart Lancaster: “I think Ireland should have won that series in South Africa and that was away from home without a lot of key players playing.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former England coach says belief essential if world champions are to be toppled

John Delaney and his partner Emma English with Pat Hickey. Photograph: Getty

FAI chief confident investigation will find he had no role in Rio ticketing arrangements

Katie Taylor will not be defending her European Championship gold medal. She beat Estelle Mossley in the final in 2014 to secure her sixth title in a row. Photograph: Getty

Taylor has held talks with Eddie Hearn but is yet to make a decision over future

Ulster captain  Andrew Trimble: “I think anybody, certainly anybody in Irish rugby, who had any connection to Axel was a Munster supporter.” Photograph: Inpho

Earls will make case for a low-end suspension after dismissal against Glasgow

An email, signed by leading figures in tennis, has been sent to Sport Ireland (SI) and Tennis Ireland (TI) questioning the process Tennis Ireland used to select its new chief executive Richard Fahey. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The letter – seen by The Irish Times – questions process in appointing Richard Fahey

England captain Martin Johnson shouts at an IRFU official after his team lined up on the wrong side before the start of the 2003 Six Nations rugby clash with Ireland in Dublin. Photograph Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Former England rugby coach among stars at One-Zero Sport Tech convention in Dublin

Lisnagarvey’s Jonny Bell will be in action against Pembroke Wanderers in the big clash at Serpentine Avenue. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Serpentine Avenue hosts top game of weekend in the Irish Senior Cup

Dave McSharry in action for Connacht before he retired this summer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Players left to make major career choice as insurance firms draw a line in sand

Paddy Barnes has been added to the St Patrick’s Day card at Madison Square Garden next year. Photograph: Getty

Joins fellow Belfast boxer Michael Conlan on bill in New York, with pro bow next month

The former Leinster, Connacht and Ulster scrumhalf Cillian Willis is suing his former club Sale Sharks for “clinical negligence”.

Union decline to says whether concussion is reason for hike in costs

Dan Carter gave urine sample following Racing 92’s Top 14 final victory over Toulon last season. Photograph: Romain Perrocheau/Getty Images

Racing 92 offer differing account after legendary outhalf returns positive drug test

Ireland captain and goalkeeper David Harte will be in Banbridge playing for Dutch side SV Kampong. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

12 top clubs at Havelock Park to compete in round one of Euro Hockey Leaque

Bernard Brogan: “I don’t think it’s money, I think it’s about the structures.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Four-time All-Ireland winner critical of black card but would support use of a video referee

Ireland’s Michael Conlon (red) in action against Vladimir Nikitin of Russia at the Olympic Games in Rio on August 16th. Photograph: Reuters.

Irish bantamweight just looking forward to first professional fight next year

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president  Pat Hickey  during an interview at the 2015 European Games in Baku. File photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Committee members object to ex-chief being ‘live’ on the phone from Rio during a meeting

Men’s Hockey: Monkstown put their unbeaten run on line as part of double-header

Ashling Thompson: “You can’t put a referee out there who has never refereed at that level before.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ashling Thompson says choice of referee showed ‘respect deficit’ for women players

Thomas Barr has sights firmly fixed  on next year’s World Championships in London. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

After Olympic exploits 400m hurdles athlete plans to stay fresh for World Championships

Connacht head coach Pat Lam needs to turn things around after a poor start to the campaign. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Pro12: Scarlets v Connacht - Parc y Scarlets, 7.35pm. On TV: Live on TG4

George Gibney, a former Olympic swimming coach who now lives in Florida, was charged in Ireland in 1993 on 27 counts of indecent assault and unlawful carnal knowledge of young Irish swimmers in his care.

Hearing into release of documents on how swimming coach was able to acquire US green card

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa: “We’ve tweaked a few things this season already”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is back against the Ospreys to replace the impressive Joey Carbery

Paul Pollock, who has spoken out about the need for WADA exemptions, with Catherina McKiernan and Keith Walsh, Break Through The Wall, Irishtown Stadium, Dublin. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Runners says treating some injuries using banned substances is unavoidable

Ulster and Ireland’s Jared Payne. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Les Kiss reinforces side with Payne and Henderson named in strong XV

Luke Marshall suffers a “concussive injury” during Ulster’s Pro12 game with the Scarlets. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster says centre is currently being assessed and will follow ‘return to play’ guidelines

Munster Rugby has no plans to change the time of their Pro12 league match against Italian side Zebre on Saturday October 1st. Photo: Inpho

Zebre are the opponents at Thomond Park at the same time Dublin will take on Mayo

Conor Murray: will play in a new combination with Tyler Bleyendaal. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rassie Erasmus selects Conor Murray, Keith Earls and CJ Stander to atone for Cardiff loss

Ulster’s Rob Herring has made a fine start to the season. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Scarlets coach: ‘We had to play our best game out there last year to get the win’

Leinster’s Joey Carbery runs in his and Leinster’s second try against Treviso. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joey Carbery gets another opportunity to build on a strong beginning to his season

Ireland assistant coach Andy Farrell has been watching the All Blacks. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The defence coach’s new posting seems serene enough after England’s World Cup

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar converts his team’s try in their Pro12 clash with Treviso. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

It remains to be seen where Ulster will go when the South African departs the team

Dave Kearney (centre) at Leinster training. A scan the night before the tour to South Africa put paid to his summer involvement with Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster winger impressed with impact made by former England coach Lancaster

Outhalf Joey Carbery runs in his and Leinster’s second try in his side’s loss to Glasgow at the weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Support for burgeoning outhalf Carbery despite intercept try error against Glasgow

Rob Kearney (L) is out of Leinster’s clash with Edinburgh after picking up a knee injury in the province’s defeat to Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland fullback limped off in the second half of Leinster’s Pro 12 defeat away to Glasgow

Michael Conlan’s post-defeat interview was grief in sport at it’s most cruel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From Thomas Barr’s heroics, to the lows of Michael Conlon and Katie Taylor’s exits

Billy Walsh believes that both Shakur Stevenson (red) and Michael Conlan are destined to make it to the top echelons of professional boxing. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Boxing coach insists he won’t break his contract in America to return home

Michael Conlan was devastated  following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Coaches feared worst after O’Reilly scandal but standard of judging still left them shocked

Mo Farah is going for gold number four. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Belief will be suspended by many as Briton goes for his fourth Olympic gold

John Delaney, Pat Hickey, and Delaney’s partner Emma English. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Controversial president of Olympic Council of Ireland has clearly thought about ‘handover’

Triathalon winner Alistair Brownlee (L) was followed home by brother Jonny in Rio. Photograph:  PA

British siblings deliver fine performance at Copacabana as they improve on London

Leona Maguire and her caddie Lisa Maguire during the first round of the Women’s Strokeplay at Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Top amateur thee over after first round while Stephanie Meadow finishes six over

Ireland’s Leona Maguire during her first round at the Olympic Golf course. Photograph: David Davies/PA

‘I just didn’t hole enough putts. I had a lot of chances. I hit a lot of really good shots’

Ireland’s Katie Taylor after losing her fight on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whatever judging criteria was applied, Michael Conlan’s defeat is a grave injustice

Lydia Ko poses  during a practice round prior to the women’s individual stroke play tournament at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty

World’s number one is already a double Major winner at just 18 years of age

Happier times - Ireland’s Michael Conlan with his Dad and coach John Conlan and coach Zaur Antia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Coach John Conlan says IABA association president Pat Ryan should clarify matter

A distraught Michael Conlan following his defeat to Russia’s  Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals of the men’s bantamweight at the  Riocentro. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I’m absolutely devastated . . . my Olympic dream was robbed from me today’

Ireland’s Michael Conlan reacts after Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin is awarded the bantamweight quarter-final bout on a unanimous decision. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Vice-president Tom Virgets answers questions after controversial Rio bout

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy returns to shore after her race was called off. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘We have to do this all the time in sailing. I’ll just go home, relax, come back tomorrow’

USA coach Billy Walsh with flyweight boxer Antonio Vargas before his round of 32 win over Brazil’s Juliao Neto in Rio. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Katie Taylor’s defeat is the final straw for a sport that’s in crisis

Michael Conlan in action against Aram Avagyan of Armenia. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Irish coach scathing over failed drugs test after watching son win opening bout in Rio

Katie Taylor “not lacking any confidence and is always looking to improve.”

Despite two defeats this year, Taylor is still the number one ranked boxer in the world

Ireland’s Scott Evans  celebrates defeating Ygor Coelho de Oliveira of Brazil during the men’s singles group K match at Riocentro  in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Irish badminton star had to battle against partisan home crowd at Riocentro

Ireland’s Steven Donnelly dejected as Mohammed Rabii of Morocco celebrates his victory. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wholehearted Irish boxer edged by welterweight world champion Mohamed Rabii

Men’s flyweight 52kg round of 32 - Brendan Irvine versus Shakhobidin Zoirov. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The 20-year-old beaten by Uzbek Shakhabidin Zoirov on a unanimous decision

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