Fiji will replace the Union Jack on its national flag with a domestically-inspired emblem, the Pacific country’s prime minister has announced.A Britis(...)

Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci has been picked in France’s preliminary Six Nations squad. (Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Uncapped Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci saw the World Cup door swing invitingly open on Thursday as Philippe Saint-Andre beckoned him into the(...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

Listen up: Australian coach Michael Cheika lays down the law. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

“You don’t got to love me but you will respect me.” Tony Soprano to Christopher Moltisanti, in the doctor’s surgery after Jackie Jnr shot Furio in the(...)

Maxime Mermoz playing for Toulon above, is one of four French changes. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre on Wednesday has named his team to face Argentina at the Stade de France on Saturday.Off-the-back of last weekend’(...)

 Wales player George North (centre) and team-mates   after the narrow win over  Fiji at Millennium Stadium. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales captain Gethin Jenkins was unimpressed as his side recorded a 17-13 victory over Fiji at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. While Wales claimed (...)

 Alex Cuthbert (right) of beats Asaeli Tikoirotuma of Fiji to score the second try  at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales 17 Fiji 13Wales recorded their first victory since last season’s Six Nations Championship by predictably subduing Millennium Stadium visitors Fi(...)

Tony Mangan enjoying a rest on his red couch

Friday afternoon, driving down the N11, trying to find the man who has run around the world. Because if Tony Mangan is for real he must be at least se(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Eoghan Murphy TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Senator Catherine Noone take a selfie at the Fine Gael event in Fota Island resort yesterday. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

What? No starting pistol?Perhaps the animal welfare people had a word in Fine Gael’s ear – the party is holding its annual think-in next door to a wil(...)

An unidentified UN peacekeeper and hostage speaks in an unknown location, in this still image from video said to be recorded by the al-Qaeda-backed al-Nusra Front. Photograph: Nusra Front via Reuters TV

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has welcomed the release of 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights on the Israeli Syrian border. Speaking a(...)