Ireland captain Lucy Mulhall in action during the World Sevens Series Qualifiers at UCD Bowl. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho.

Ireland’s women’s Sevens players can look forward to almost 12 months of tough international rugby to prepare for their Olympic Qualifying tournament (...)

“Kicking is also part of the game I get confidence from. There’s no doubt if I am kicking well it lifts other parts of my game,” says Ireland’s Ian Madigan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For a part of the game so available to eyes, the kicker’s personality has always been split. Often more important than scoring tries, kicking has beco(...)

Jordi Murphy would relish the chance to bury some of his boyhood backrow heroes at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

It’s more a challenge than a dilemma for Jordi Murphy to face the players he once looked up to when he was a teenager. More immediately to fight his w(...)

Ireland’s Devin Toner during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Six tries against Ireland in the two games against Wales and Scotland and despite winning, it sometimes feels as if looking at the negative side of(...)

Leinster Rugby have this morning confirmed that Leo Cullen has been appointed as head coach on a two year deal. Photograph: Dáire Brennan/Sportsfile

Leinster and the IRFU have confirmed Leo Cullen as Head Coach of the province on a two year deal. The former Irish second row, who was appointe(...)

Ulster’s Stuart Olding leaves the field after a head injury sustained against Munster at Thomond Park in last season’s Pro12 competition. Photograph: James Crombie

Concussion continues to hang over rugby like an unwelcome cloud. We can expect the World Cup to highlight the dangers and see how far the sport has tr(...)

No new injury concerns for the Irish squad after the Scotland victory on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s squad emerged from Saturday’s game against Scotland with no injury concerns and with a week’s rest before facing Wales in their return t(...)

 “Tiger Woods is Usain Bolt unable to break 11 seconds over 100 metres.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was unmistakably John Daly. The billowing orange top, the garish patterned trousers and the redneck haircut. The first two days before the bad weat(...)

James McGee is the only player from Ireland competing in the Challenger events, which have larger prize funds of €46,000. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Apart from their low ranking, one of the reasons Irish tennis players are not highly visible among Irish sportsmen and women is because there are not (...)

Golfing twins, Leona and Lisa Maguire. “As sisters they will always be close,” says their mother, Breda. “But that doesn’t mean they will always be together.” Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

They have largely gone through their golfing lives as one, referred to as the twins, answering with ‘we’. It has always been that way with Leona an(...)