RC Toulon’s Australian fullback James OConnor  vies with Bath’s Fijian wing Semesa Rokoduguni  during the European Champions Cup rugby union match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, France. Photograph: Getty Images

Toulon 12 Bath 9 Bath came agonisingly close to a little piece of history beside the Mediterranean but, barring something extraordinary, their Champi(...)

Mozoltov can make up for lost time at Fairyhouse on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

The odds on a major Sunday jockey shuffle at Fairyhouse should Tramore fail to pass a Saturday inspection are a lot shorter than the “50-50” which th(...)

Douvan (left) and Vautour in Willie Mullins’s yard in Closesutton, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There’s an irony in Ireland’s joint-Horses of the Year for 2015, Don Cossack and Faugheen, being on Christmas duty at Kempton which will probably was(...)

Sandra Hughes aims to maintain family tradition in Liverpool today with her Irish Grand National hero Thunder And Roses getting a ‘sighter’ of the fa(...)

Cabra Castle, Co Cavan  Book yourself into one of the 12 luxury rooms in the original castle part of Cabra Castle for the full aristo(...)

Michael Cheika’s Australia can secure top spot in the pool of death if they beat wales on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

The first press conference Michael Cheika conducted when the Australia squad arrived in London from Bath was at eight in the morning in an oppressivel(...)

Liam Healy presided over a group which assembled an international business with a turnover of £34 billion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Liam Healy, who has died aged 86, was Tony O’Reilly’s righthand man at the helm of his newspaper empire during its great days. From 1991 to 2000, Hea(...)

Tony O’Reilly: “If his commitment to free speech was merely a pose, the Sunday Independent gave plenty of opportunity to depose it.”

Tony O’Reilly had such a good press for so long that clawback was inevitable. Matt Cooper’s book The Maximalist has sparked many begrudging reviews. H(...)

Drew Mitchell scored two of Australia’s 11 tries in their 63-3 rout of Uruguay at Villa Park. Photograph: Reuters

Australia 65 Uruguay 3 As warm-ups for the main event go, this was more pointless than the scoreline suggests. Not many, if any, of Australia’s line-u(...)

Canada’s flanker John Moonlight: “Ill met by Moonlight,” Barnes cracked. The guffaws from Conor McNamara and Liam Toland in the commentary box told us it was funny. So did Google, once we’d established that Barnes was referencing a 1950s Dirk Bogarde war movie from a non-fiction book by W Stanley Moss. You get a different level of badinage with the rugby lads.

Saturday lunchtime and the rugby World Cup is happening, people. Settle down at the back and start concentrating. And here’s news for you - if you (...)