Ivan Yates: ‘The psychological damage to yesteryear’s boarding-school pupils is worthy of thought.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In all the scrutiny given to the historical institutionalisation of children in Ireland, no consideration has been given to the legacy of boarding (...)

Sprinter turned 7s sensation Carlin Isles is proof USA Rugby are open to attracting athletes from other sports. Photograph: Getty Images.

Todd Clever, captain of the USA Eagles rugby team, was a guest on NBC Chicago’s morning show to promote this Saturday’s game against the All Blacks. “(...)

Pope Francis: praying for change. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Cardinal George Pell was in jocular form during the first week of the current synod of bishops in Rome. Prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the E(...)

 New Zealand’s  Dan Carter (second right) will miss the final Bledisloe Cup match against Australia. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter has lost his race to be fit and will miss the final Bledisloe Cup match against Australia next week.Carter broke his l(...)

Sisters Frances Forde and Marie Duddy died when their vehicle collided with the unmarked car close to the border city of Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two nuns killed in a crash involving a police car in Northern Ireland this week had dedicated their lives to education, a priest told funeral mourner(...)

New Zealand out half dan Carter taking a carry against Ireland with Alan Quinlan making a tackle. The All Black is again injured and unavailable for the All Blacks. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Daniel Carter’s ‘annus horribilis’ continued when a calf injury ruled the All Black outhalf out of Canterbury’s provincial clash with Tasman on Saturd(...)

Presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the US, Most Rev Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori: said the next Lambeth Conference “needs to be preceded by a primates meeting at which a vast majority of primates are present”. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The worldwide Anglican Communion’s next Lambeth Conference, scheduled for 2018, has been cancelled for the first time in its history. A gathering of (...)

 Dan Carter: the New Zealand outhalf has just returned from a knee injury. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The three major southern hemisphere nations are set to lose a number of their leading players to French clubs after next year’s World Cup. The Racing (...)

Ulster’s South-African born number 13, Jared Payne, who qualifies to play for Ireland under three-year residency rule. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Success has never been defined by the IRFU in a public way with regard to their project player scheme. But if strike rate in getting non-national play(...)

Undated handout photo provided by Synergy of England players wearing the new England rugby home kit.  Photograph: PA Wire.

England will wear symbols of the Victoria Cross for the first time this autumn after rubber grip areas inspired by the military medal were added to t(...)