Ian Madigan’s body language might appear cocky to some, but it is because he realises a goal-kicking outhalf has to impart that to his team-mates. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

(...)’Connell Street in Limerick for Munster’s breakthrough Heineken Cup in 2006. When play resumed, Robbie Henshaw(...)

Rob Kearney of Ireland hands off Frederic Michalak of France at the Millennium Stadium on Sonday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/ World Rugby via Getty Images

O’Connell, then. And it was no way for Peter O’Mahony’s World Cup to end either. O’Connell’s heir as(...)

Wales fullback Liam Williams was the latest player from Warren Gatland’s squad to be ruled out of tournament. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

(...) by attrition rates in teams. Figures from this World Cup show there is a rise in the number of(...)

 Rory McIlroy will host the next three Irish Opens on behalf of his Rory Foundation. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

(...) attract a world-class field to this year’s tournament. Naturally we are thrilled he will continue as host(...)

Bristol’s Gavin Henson playing an  IPA Championship match last February. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

(...) that position is already well covered. The 33-year-old Henson, who has never played in a World Cup, is(...)

Joe Ward, right,  in action against Elshod Rasulov of Uzbekistan. Photograph: Francis Myers/Inpho

With a minute to go in his World Championship semi-final bout against Elshod Rasulov of Uzbekistan(...)

Rory McIlroy with some Irish players on Monday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish management are facing the likelihood of being without Sean O’Brien as well as the stricken Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony after the Tullo(...)

Sean O’Brien has been cited for ‘foul play’ against France last weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

(...) of their World Cup quarter-final meeting, tournament organisers said on Monday. O’Brien punched(...)

Wales manager Chris Coleman during a press conference at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA

(...) qualifying for Euro 2016. Coleman has steered Wales to their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup(...)

South Africa locks Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager vie for the ball with US flanker John Quill. Photograph: Getty Images

(...) select at lock for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday. Eben(...)