Wales captain Sam Warburton retains his place at openside flanker despite the strong form of Justin Tipuric. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images.

Warren Gatland may lob the odd verbal grenade but he is rarely the one to initially pull the pin. That’s been the media’s function in the past; walk i(...)

France’s prop Rabah Slimani (C) rides a tackle from Italy’s back row Samuela Vunisa (2L) to score France’s first try during the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Italy at Twickenham stadium. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis

France 32 - 10 Italy It was all blue, more French blue than Italian blue, in Twickenham on Saturday night in Pool D. But it was hardly a spectacle of (...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

According to the most recent Central Bank figures, more than 110,000 of the 760,000 mortgages in the State were in arrears at the end of 2014. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Figures from the Court Service showing the rate at which homes are being repossessed climbing by more than 500 per cent in 12 months are alarming but (...)

Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

David Malouf: poet and storyteller, he is one of the world’s finest writers and the surest way to experience his rare art is to simply read all of his elegant, graceful work. Photograph: Michael Stuparyk / Toronto Star via Getty Images

Early in the morning of January 26th, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillips, of the First Fleet and skipper of HMS Supply, rowed into Sydney Cove, Port Jac(...)

 Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris said the Government has to rebuild trust with voters. Photograph:  Collins

A Government Minister has said the Coalition “missed a beat” when it came to water charges and called for a broader vision from Fine Gael and Labour i(...)

 Diego Costa of Chelsea is expected to start against Newcastle United.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Saturday, December 6thHull (17) v West Brom (16) Striker Abel Hernandez returns to the Hull squad after missing two matches for the birth of his child(...)

Ian Bailey and Jules Thomas  at the Four Courts in Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Life with journalist Ian Bailey has not been a bed of roses, his partner Jules Thomas has agreed at the High Court. Ms Thomas told the jury of being a(...)

Anti-water charges campaigners try to block Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin city centre last Sunday. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

The people of Ireland should pat themselves on the back this morning for putting manners on the Government like never before. They might also want to(...)