Joe Schmidt is due in Georgia today to run the rule over potential outside candidates for Ireland’s World Cup campaign

Joe Schmidt is due in Georgia today to run the rule over potential outside candidates for Ireland’s World Cup campaign. The national head coach is due(...)

An official covers the body of a tiger killed near a zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photograph: Tbilisi Police Press Service via AP

A tiger that escaped from the Tbilisi Zoo during flooding in the Georgian capital killed a man before being captured and killed, news agencies reporte(...)

Rescue workers drag a dead tiger at the zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia, on June 15th, 2015. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters.

Police in Georgia say a tiger that broke loose after severe flooding at a zoo has killed one man and wounded another. Dozens of animals fled th(...)

A runaway hippo on a flooded street in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photograph: Beso Gulashvili/EPA 1:43

The death toll from flooding around Tbilisi Zoo in Georgia has risen to 13, as the search continues for 10 people still missing as well as an undet(...)

A hippopotamus walks across a flooded street in Tbilisi. Photograph: Beso Gulashvili/Reuters 1:43

Georgian police were last night searching the mud-clogged streets of the capital, Tbilisi, for animals that escaped from the city’s zoo during flas(...)

A hippopotamus walks across flooded street in Tbilisi in Georgia on Sunday.  Photograph: Beso Gulashvili/Reuters

Tigers, lions, bears and wolves were among more than 30 animals that escaped from a zoo and onto the streets of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi during flood(...)

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Linas Linkevicius (Lithuania), Martin Lidegaard (Denmark), Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson (Iceland), Peter Stenlund (Finland), Margot Wallstrom (Sweden) and Boerge Brende (Norway) at the Nordic-Baltic summit  of foreign ministers in Elsinore, Denmark, on Tuesday. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/EPA

The European Union will implement a free-trade pact with Ukraine from next year despite Russian pressure for another delay, according to a draft state(...)

Munster’s Donnacha Ryan: with the World Cup looming the secondrow could benefit from playing for Emerging Ireland at the Tbilisi Cup in June. Photograph: Inbpho

As the World Cup looms ever closer representative playing outlets become a cherished commodity for those looking to impress Ireland coach Joe S(...)

Abkhazia’s separatist president Raul Khadzhimba and Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin    during the   ceremony in which they signed a ‘strategic partnership’ pact in Sochi on Monday. The EU, US and Nato  joined Georgia in denouncing the pact. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn/EPA/RIA Novosti

The European Union, United States and Nato have joined Georgia in denouncing a “strategic partnership” pact between its breakaway Abkhazia region and (...)