Australian centre Andrew Smith will move on from Munster after playing an important part in their run to the Guinness Pro 12 final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) and the fans. It’s been incredible to experience the atmosphere here at those big European Cup games(...)

Paul O’Connell will join Toulon until 2017 when the World Cup finishes after 14 years playing with Munster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Irish captain for him to join the three-in-a-row European champions after the World Cup for the(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter delivered a short speech at the opening ceremony of the Fifa Congress in Zurich on Thursday  during a turbulent week for the federation. Photograph: Reuters.

(...)-Hussein despite strong European backing for the challenger. The Jordanian’s backers claim that he has around 90 of(...)

Sanita Puspure: looks well positioned in her heat to book a place in Sunday’s final. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho

Sanita Puspure and Sinead Jennings give Ireland two good chances of medals at the European(...)

Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington makes his way onto the 11th green with the mountains of Mourne in the background on the first day of the Irish Open at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle. Photo: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

(...)’s arse in the air.” If that body motion of bending over to retrieve the ball from one tin cup after(...)

A scorer looks on as Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks on the 9th green during the First Round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Royal County Down Golf Club. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The cynics with no hearts will tell you that sympathy can be found in a dictionary. At Royal County Down on Thursday Rory McIlroy found it in a differ(...)

Rafael Benitez has confirmed that he will not be managing Napoli next season. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

European crown, as well as a King’s Cup triumph. Napoli won the Coppa Italia last term and finished third(...)

Ernie Els: became interested in playing in the Irish Open having spoken to Rory McIlroy in the Middle East. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

(...) was a sweetener to get them across the pond in a less mobile era between the US and European Tours(...)

Shane Warne, Darren Clarke and BBC presenter Stephen Watson share a joke after playing in the Irish Open Pro-Am at Royal Co Down. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images.

Northern Ireland was persecuted by a misbehaving driver and his playing partners, European Ryder Cup(...)

Ulster’s Chris Henry scoring a try against Glasgow last week: “This is my third time playing against a Baa Baas team and it’s always a tough but really enjoyable game against them.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

(...) and I think everyone is. That game, out of all the big games we’ve lost – European Cup finals, League(...)