Donnacha Ryan could return after 12 months out in Munster’s clash with Ospreys. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

A curious twist to the fixtures schedule for the Pro12 sees all four Irish provinces head to Wales this weekend but Munster coach Anthony Foley does n(...)

Annie Atkins: “I was born in Wales, though my Mum’s Irish. Dad was a graphic designer and from the time I was little, I wanted to be one too.”

Annie Atkins, graphic designer From writing death warrants for Henry VIII, to forging CIA documents, to making a new kind of biscuit, Dublin-b(...)

Putting it on the line: Ireland’s Keith Wood powers over for a  try against England in their 2001 Six Nations match. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It’s the big one, simple as. Ireland against England has a resonance, a sense of history and occasion which surpasses all other Irish fixtures. Be it (...)

Ireland’s Simon Geoghegan scores a try against England at Twickenham in 1994 Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Games Ireland won that they might have lost 1994: Ireland was beaten by France 35-15 and then Wales came to Dublin to add a second defeat, this time 1(...)

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper:  “You can’t say at this point who is favourite or not favourite.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Ireland will face fierce competition from other countries to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. The IRFU, with the backing of politicians north and (...)

 Garry Ringrose is one of the exciting talenst on the Irelanf under-20 team. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Word of mouth is usually a good indicator of form and ability. That has been the case with this Irish Under 20 side who have won the first two matches(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: “For too long, energy has been exempt from the fundamental freedoms of our union.”

A new EU strategy on energy has proposed more electricity interconnections between countries, more focus on renewable energy and a tougher negotiatin(...)

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick  manager Eamonn Cregan with player Declan Hannon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Even now, well into their second century, the GAA’s third-level education competitions continue to occupy a sort of demi monde as far as the Gaelic ga(...)

England captain Chris Robshaw: “He has unreal work rate. He goes about his business quietly. He is one of those fellas who doesn’t say much but he leads by example. That’s part of their culture and he is a good example of what they are trying to do and the person he is.”

Irish backrowers Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien see England captain Chris Robshaw as central to England’s hopes in Dublin.Since this year’s campaign (...)

Asked on LBC about Green Party proposals for building 500,000 social rental homes, Natalie Bennett said the move would be funded by removing tax relief on mortgage interest for private landlords. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

UK Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has admitted suffering an “excruciating mind blank” after a car-crash interview in which she appeared unable to (...)