Irish troops  in eastern  Chad in 2008. When the Army Ranger Wing was about to travel there, news broke of an all-out rebel assault on the capital. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

The terrorist attack in Mali could not have come at a more alarming time for the Irish Government. Armed extremists struck the luxury hotel in the ver(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland speaking at a press conference two days before his side’s World Cup quarter-final with South Africa. Photo: Martin Bureau/Getty Images

Warren Gatland was at his world weary best at the Wales team base in Weybridge, barely glancing up as he summed up the opposition. “It will be the sam(...)

Niki Goneva made his name for Leicester in the 2013-14 campaign as a strong try-scoring centre who can make a break and while he failed to scale those heights last season, the squad’s vice-captain is one of Fiji’s dangermen. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

Niki Goneva insists Fiji will draw on their spiritual strength when their “small island” turns its collective gaze to Twickenham for the biggest match(...)

“Kicking is also part of the game I get confidence from. There’s no doubt if I am kicking well it lifts other parts of my game,” says Ireland’s Ian Madigan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For a part of the game so available to eyes, the kicker’s personality has always been split. Often more important than scoring tries, kicking has beco(...)

Moving to Fiji was ‘a new chapter, a chance to start over, and this we did in a beautiful settlement close to Nakoroboya village, nestled in the highlands of Ba.’

The open air bus is packed to the rafters with giddy school kids and market sellers clutching their sacks of cassava, guavas, lemons, chilli, manda(...)

Local residents look through the remains of a small shelter in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu On Saturday. Winds of up to 340 km/h hit the country as  category 5 cyclone named Pam was unleashed. Photograph: UNICEF Pacific/Handout via Reuters.

One of the Pacific Ocean’s most powerful ever storms devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, tearing off roofs, uprooting trees and repor(...)

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(...)