Matt Giteau was voted best player in France last season as Toulon won the Top 14 and Heineken Cup double. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/ AFP/Getty Images

(...) for thought. Connolly said that Giteau would be the “ideal captain” for Australia at the World Cup(...)

(...).” Coaching tickets O’Driscoll cites the 2011 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Wales as the biggest(...)

Ian Keatley made two of his six placed kicks as Munster beat Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Thomond Park. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

(...) of the world.“I played with a number of outhalves who missed kicks. Ronan O’Gara and David Humphreys(...)

Diver Manuel Di Lucia (centre with cap) teaching snorkelling at the Pollock Holes in Kilkee, Co Clare. Photograph: Joe McCloskey

(...) of the world. Not that he knew it at the time. It was more than five decades and many beach duties(...)

A seven-piece tea service catalogued as “presented to Sean Lemass on a visit to UAE” made €1,400

Ireland, by The World Trade Center in New England” in 1964 made €500 (€300-€400); a seven-piece tea(...)

Louis van Gaal: says Robin van Persie just needs a bit of luck to score.

(...) was not so fit as now. That’s remarkable, but he scored in [almost] every game for me in the World Cup(...)

Luke Fitzgerald: returns to action for Leinster against Castres after long injury absence. Photograph: Inpho.

(...) player surely has one eye on next year’s World Cup.Still, the injury could flare up again.“It’s probably(...)

 An artist’s impression of the proposed Al-Wakrah stadium  complex in Doha, Qatar that will be built for the 2022 World Cup. Photograph:   Getty Images

Top European football clubs are set to lobby for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to take place in May(...)

The roubled Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will make his return from a biting ban against giants Real Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

World Cup, although his international ban will still see him miss the Copa América. His ban ends at 00(...)

England lock Joe launchbury has rejected moves from other Premiership clubs and has agreed to extend his contract and stay with Wasps for  their relocation to Coventry. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

(...) major part of head coach Stuart Lancaster’s plans for the Rugby World Cup next year. “I am really(...)