Joe Schmidt: has achieved a 78 per cent win ratio as coach of Ireland with 14 victories in 18 Test matches. Photo:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

The road to All Blacks coach is mapped out in the New Zealand rugby union’s coaching manual: know thy enemy by gaining “offshore” experience. Ideal(...)

Simon Zebo: “I feel really fresh now, excited and hopefully my best rugby will come out.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Excluding the natural skills of Simon Zebo from Ireland’s World Cup squad would shock. Not unlike Declan Kidney cutting Luke Fitzgerald in 2011, wh(...)

A tag rugby tournament is to be held in the memory of Berkeley balcony victim Aoife Beary.

The only Irish captains to beat New Zealand – Donal Canniffe and Fiona Coghlan – will both take part in a tag rugby tournament this Saturday, July 25t(...)

Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh in action against Tipperary in Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Tyrone are a young superpower in football terms. They were never really a dominant force in Ulster in the past, with their first All-Ireland only arr(...)

Johnny McCaffrey: “We have looked at Waterford . . .They are a very good hurling side but they work extremely hard.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Barring draws, just five games remain in the 2015 hurling championship. Three in Croke Park, two down in Thurles, starting with an unfamiliar (...)

Bernard Brogan at Dublin sponsor AIG’s re-launch of insurance products for members of all sporting clubs in Ireland. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Davey Byrne has returned to full training with the Dublin footballers after suffering facial injuries before the start of a challenge match against A(...)

Tyrone’s Conor Clarke holds off the challenge of Tipperary’s Alan Campbell during the qualifier at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Tyrone 0-19 Tipperary 0-7 In Semple stadium, of all places, Tipperary’s promising football summer ended with a 0-12 to 0-1 second half blitz.(...)

Sean Cavanagh helped Tyrone to a comfortable win over Tipperary in Thurles. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary 0-7 Tyrone 0-19 Tipperary manager Peter Creedon stepped down in the wake of this 12 point defeat after four seasons in charge. Creedon cited(...)

Waisake Naholo is tackled by Argentina’s Tomas Cubelli during New Zealand’s 39-18 victory Christchurch. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Waisake Naholo briefly ignited, gliding past four Argentinian bodies before two tacklers hauled the 102kg winger to earth. “You might not think he’s m(...)

 Leo Cullen: preparing Leinster to play Edinburgh on September 4th. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Leinster, who look certain to keep Leo Cullen as head coach this season but will recruit a backs coach before November, open their Guinness Pro12 camp(...)