Australia’s scrum coach Mario Ledesma takes part in a team training session in Teddington, south west London. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

In the end, this week’s public silence proved deafening. “I had no idea what he was doing, I just push on the side, mate.” That’s the point. Even Mich(...)

Despondant Ireland fans watch on in Clondalkin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

“We were flahed by the end of it,” said Keith Wood. He was explaining why Argentina were able to run in a river of tries in the closing stages but he (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces a number of difficult decisions when it comes to selecting his squad for the World Cup.

Some celebrated outside backs are likely to miss out on the Ireland 31-man squad when it is submitted to the World Cup organisers by 5pm on Monday. No(...)

 “Tiger Woods is Usain Bolt unable to break 11 seconds over 100 metres.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was unmistakably John Daly. The billowing orange top, the garish patterned trousers and the redneck haircut. The first two days before the bad weat(...)

Donnacha Ryan in action during the Ireland squad’s training session at Carton House, Kildare yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Iinpho

Donnacha Ryan, the nutcracker, what do we really know of him? A man from Nenagh hurling stock. A man who broke the concrete exterior of the Munster(...)

Toulon celebrate winning the European Champions Cup after beating Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So Toulon are entitled to be labelled the European Cup’s greatest ever team? For a club which only competed in one Heineken Cup prior to its current t(...)

Paul O’Connell runs out at the Millennium Stadium for the Ireland Captain’s Run ahead of the Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So many expeditions. The 100th cap is mere reminder of the plunging depths of service, the soaring peaks of achievement, so high they will never be re(...)

 Cyclists at the 2014 Cycle Against Suicide.Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The predominating message for the 3,500 secondary school students at a charity Cycle Against Suicide event today, was that it is alright not to feel o(...)

The  physicality of the collisions  in international rugby is breathtaking  but so too the athletic prowess,  as demonstrated here by  Australia’s Kurtley Beale, who beats team-mate Israel Folau and Ireland’s Rob Kearney to the ball at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

One truth comes screaming out of this week’s debate about the use of strength-enhancing substances in rugby union: even the insiders are slightly bewi(...)

 Irish players warm up in the Keep Rugby Clean IRB Anti-doping tee shirts before the 2014 Junior World Championship match against Fiji  in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Jason Oxenham/Getty

Within the last 18 months, one of the Irish provinces made contact with the Irish Sports Council regarding one of their players. The player had made h(...)