A picture taken on November 14, 2015 shows a Ulster’s flag with the inscription “Respect for Paris and all the French” at the Charles-Mathon stadium in Oyonnax. Photo: Getty Images

Midweek fixtures appear to be the only way forward as the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) desperately seeks a resolution to the scheduling (...)

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao ahead of their world title fight in  Las Vegas in May. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/EPA

Some weeks before the revelations of Russian doping swept the globe, Thomas Hauser, the venerable American writer, told the story of Floyd Mayweather (...)

Johnny Sexton did not have his best game in a Leinster jersey against Wasps at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Disappointed not angry. Frustrated but not beaten. Leo Cullen saw it as one of the most disagreeable days he could remember with Leinster. Captain J(...)

Leinster coach Leo Cullen said his team’s performance against Wasps in the European Champions Cup at the RDS was “pretty awful”. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

A week for Leinster ended the way it always seemed to have been heading. As Leo Cullen counted the frontline players that were not available – Rob (...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa and head coach Leo Cullen know the Irish provinces cannot compete financially with English and French clubs. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Isa Nacewa is perhaps the perfect pair of eyes to see how the global game is becoming dollar-shaped. The relevance of rugby’s financial evolution is t(...)

Jonathan Sexton with Leinster head coach Leo Cullen at squad training. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster v Wasps, RDS BT Sport Europe, Saturday 1pm Leo Cullen may see Wasps as the first real challenge of his coaching career with Leinster. He kn(...)

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be the biggest tournament in the history of Irish hockey. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The Rio-qualified Irish men’s team has moved up to an all-time official high of 12th in the latest world rankings. (Unofficially, Ireland were rank(...)

Seán Cronin’s World Cup started well with a try against Canada but ended with him being left out of the matchday squads against France and Argentina. Photograph: Stuart Forster/Getty Images.

Comebacks in sport more often end in tears than glory. Career obituaries around the world are littered with them, stories that fail to reignite. Th(...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss. Photograph:  Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Connacht will have their own particular set of challenges when they touch down in the heart of Siberia and face whatever the sub zero elements present(...)

Australian referee Angus Gardner will take charge of Ireland’s Six Nations match at home to Italy on March 12th. Photograph: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Former Munster player John Lacey and George Clancy are Ireland’s sole referee representatives in the 2016 Six Nations Championship, which gets underwa(...)