Ulster are hopeful Chris Henry can return to professional rugby after operation. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ulster are hoping Ireland flanker Chris Henry can get “back to playing professional rugby” after undergoing surgery on Monday.New Ulster manager Bryn (...)

England’s George Ford kicks a penalty during their international rugby test match against Samoa at Twickenham. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Outhalf George Ford is expected to keep his place for England against Australia this weekend after impressing on his first England start in the vic(...)

BHP Billiton chief executive Andrew Mackenzie. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

BHP Billiton Ltd won’t sell any more assets set aside for a $15 billion spin-off after its disposal of an aluminium casthouse in South Africa. “We’re (...)

A crowd cheers Nelson Mandela in 2000 as he prepares to be conferred with an honorary degree at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Nelson Mandela Exhibition, at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, should be put on show in Ireland, said Christopher Till, director of the museu(...)

The All Blacks perform the haka before the Intenational match against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Wales star Alun-Wyn Jones believes New Zealand are “probably 20 minutes ahead of everybody else” after signing off in Europe before next year’s wor(...)

 Trust, a social and health agency working with the homeless, assisted people of 15 nationalities in a recent week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In just two days this month 54 people attended a social and health agency premises in Dublin’s Liberties. Trust, a non-denominational, befriending, s(...)

 Australia’s Matt Toomua and Robbie Henshaw of Ireland collide at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho 5:39

Joe Schmidt’s “ruthless” selection policy has forced Ireland to shed mental weaknesses that were costing victories, according to Rory Best. Hooker Be(...)

 Ireland’s Paul O’Connell charges into   Luke Jones of Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Paul O’Connell, following an astonishing performance from the 35 year old, is asked whether Ireland would have lost this match to the Wallabies 12 mo(...)

 All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick  has been named world player of the year.  Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Brodie Retallick has been named IRB world player of the year. Jonathan Sexton had been one of five short-listed but the All Black lock becomes (...)

Italy’s Quintin Geldenhuys tackles  South Africa’s Jean De Villiers   at the Euganeo Stadium in Padova. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters

Italy 6 South Africa 22 South Africa claimed an unconvincing 22-6 victory over Italy on Saturday with a late try from Bryan Habana adding some (...)