New Zealand Police said a ‘visitor from Ireland’ had been stopped on a highway on the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island on Sunday with his kayak strapped sideways to the roof. Photograph: New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police have apologised to “any persons of Irish descent” after mistakenly assuming a man whose kayak was tied sideways to the roof of h(...)

‘On Leaving’: Linda DePaor and Philip Duggan with their son Luca 2:40

In February 2010 I invited people about to emigrate from Dublin for financial reasons to join me to make a portrait. I wanted to photograph them in a (...)

New Zealand’s Keven Mealamu: will break Colin Meads’ record for a New Zealander of 361 first-class appearances if he appears as a substitute in Cardiff. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

It was the worst of times but it inspired the best of times. When New Zealand lost to France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup at the Millenniu(...)

Mils Muliaina at Connacht rugby squad training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht fans will finally get to see new signing Mils Muliaina in action tomorrow night with Pat Lam announcing today that the former All Black centu(...)

Ireland  coach Joe Schmidt speaks to his players before the game against South Africa.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

It’s possibly just as well that the Irish defensive system had its late malfunction to allow JP Pietersen in for South Africa’s consolation try. This (...)

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd leaves Tauranga District Court yesterday after being charged with attempting to procure murder, in Tauranga, New Zealand. Photograph: Joel Ford/Getty Images

New Zealand prosecutors have dropped a murder-for-hire charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, saying there was not enough evidence to proceed.The 60-(...)

 AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd leaves Tauranga District Court today after being charged with attempting to arrange a murder. Photograph: Joel Ford/Getty Images. 0:52

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with attempting to procure murder, threatening to kill and possession of narcotics.The 60-year-old Australian(...)

 Malakai Fekitoa scored the crucial try for New Zealand in Brisbane.  Photograph: Getty Images

Australia 28 New Zealand 29 New Zealand scored and converted a last-gasp try to seal a dramatic 29-28 victory over Australia in Brisbane on Saturday i(...)

 Shane Delahunt  will start for Connacht against Treviso. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the same week that he signed a Connacht Academy contract, 20-year-old Shane Delahunt has been handed his first Pro 12 start at hooker after coming (...)

 Ronald Raaymakers (left) has signed a short-term deal with Ulster. Photograph: Michael Thomas / Photosport / Inpho

Ulster have signed lock Ronald Raaymakers from Counties Manukau Steelers on a short-term contract.The 24-year-old Kiwi has been brought in as “fourth (...)