The Wallabies will clash with South Africa’s Springboks in their Rugby Championship match on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium. Photograph: EPA

(...) championship in 2011, a similarly truncated tournament in the lead-up to the World Cup. Though Cooper has his(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feels his side is lacking pace and creativity. Photograph: Getty

(...) he can (do) and of course I saw him in the World Cup (semi-final) because he stopped our penalties(...)

Padraig Mannion and David Collins celebrate Galway’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final win over Cork at Semple Stadium yesterday. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO
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(...) first man to guide an Irish team to a World Cup since 2002. Emmet Malone reports from St Petersburg on(...)

Former German striker Oliver Bierhoff shows the name of Wales during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Getty Images

(...)’s World Cup qualifying draw, but you have to imagine the FAI’s chief executive allowed himself a secret(...)

Manchester United have completed the signing of Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero after he was released by Sampdoria. The signing comes amid the rumours that David de Gea is set to sign for Real Madrid. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

(...) played in the 2014 World Cup final, which the Albiceleste ultimately lost to Germany in Rio de Janeiro(...)

Chris Coleman says Wales are starting to face expectations, but each game ‘will be about those 90 minutes’. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

The speed with which they’ve climbed the world rankings over the last couple of years always marked(...)

“In an international career which spanned 22 years, 1953-74, he was capped 55 times for Ireland, scoring 1,123 runs and taking 82 wickets and 39 catches. “ Photograph:  Victor Patterson

O’Neill, one of the world’s outstanding batsmen of that time, and Richie Benaud, the Australian(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Russia in 2018. Three of Martin O’Neill’s four opening World Cup games towards the tail-end of next year(...)

Zafayan could give the bookies a fright. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

(...) the world-famous festival. Weld famously notched up 17 winners at the 2011 festival and, not(...)

Austria’s David Alaba caused the Republic of Ireland all sorts of problems during the the World Cup 2014 qualification match at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Photograph: Christian Hofer/Getty Images.

(...) lack the pedigree of most other top seeds with just one World Cup under their belts, way back in 1958(...)