Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks with Fifa president Sepp Blatter  during their meeting at the Olympic Park in Sochi on Monday. Photo: Alexei Druginyn/EPA

With just over three years to go until Russia hosts the World Cup, western sanctions and the(...)

Paul O’Connell is contracted to Munster and Ireland until the end of the 2015-16 season and has been linked with a move to Toulon. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) summer, one year ahead of the end of his contract, but that he wasn’t surprised that a “world class(...)

Liverpool will try to compete with Manchester United for the signature of PSV Eindhoven star Memphis Depay. Photograph: Epa

(...) debut two years ago, and selected him for Holland’s squad at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil. At the(...)

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden will miss the rest of the season with a thumb injury. Photograph: Inpho
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  • April 21, 2015, 08:30

(...) fourth seeds in the Champions Cup pool stages, writes Gerry Thornley. Leinster’s conquerors Toulon(...)

Leinster outhalf Jimmy Gopperth is a picture of dejection at the final whistle against Toulon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sexton. Ultimately, there are no guarantees, least of all in a World Cup season when they will again be(...)

Bryan Habana vies for a high ball with Fergus McFadden, who is out for the rest of the season with a thumb injury. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

(...). That’s enough time to get back in the reckoning for World Cup selection but the 28-year-old’s season(...)

A  number of Top 14 clubs are monitoring Paul O’Connell’s situation. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) southern hemisphere forwards in the pack that started their European Champions Cup semi-final against(...)

 Leinster’s Fergus McFadden is challenged by Toulon’s Bryan Habana during the  Champions Cup semi-final match  at Stade Vélodrome  in Marseille. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

(...) sidelines for eight weeks, although he will be fit in time for the start of Ireland’s World Cup build(...)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter in talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Photo: Alexei Druzhini/AFP/Getty Images

World politicians unhappy that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup should stay at home, Fifa(...)

Claire Davey, of America Village Apothecary Company, with a bottle of her tonic syrup, which makes the best gin and tonic ever.

(...), a cup of Rwandan Kamiro delivered notes of bitter lemon zest, quickly followed by bergamot, exactly(...)