Mayo players, with Liam Horan and his backroom staff in the background, before the All-Ireland football final in 2012, which they lost to Donegal by 2-11 to 0-13. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

KD: You managed Ballintubber to the Mayo intermediate championship before the senior final in 2007. Do you remember that day?JH: Yeah. Against Kiltima(...)

England’s head coach Stuart Lancaster has work to do after defeat to South Africa. Photograph: Philip Brown / Reuters

England captain Chris Robshaw bemoaned the fact his side had to play catch up as they slumped to a fifth defeat on the bounce, losing 31-28 to South A(...)

England captain cuts a dejected figure at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A handsome new book entitled Behind the Rose has just been published, largely based on the testimonies of some of the 1,368 men who have represented E(...)

President Barack Obama with his Game Golf aid at Vineyard Golf Club. Photograph: AP Photo/Steven Senne

Game Golf’s evolution from a wall of post- it notes in Galway to a device President Obama wears on his belt has taken John McGuire on an extraordinary(...)

The English pack clear a ruck against Ireland during last year’s Six Nations clash. “Ireland will need to dominate the English pack with their mauling which was simply glorious against Wales.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Tough, ruthless and uncompromising men populate English rugby. Winning at Twickenham, deep within the belly of the English beast, is an (...)

Conor Murray set to play for Ireland at Twickenham for the first time. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

The Dublin origins of British author Iris Murdoch may have given her a window to the Irish soul. “I think being a woman is like being Irish,” (...)

Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll  eyes up the New Zealand All Black haka before  the ill-fated first Test match in Christchurch in  2005.

New Zealand 21Lions 3at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchJune 25th, 2005Bad and all as losing him within a minute of the kick-off was, the real psychological(...)

Ireland coach  Joe Schmidt with Eoin Reddan during squad training at Carton House this week. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Whatever happens during Joe Schmidt’s reign as Ireland coach, the one thing you will be unlikely to hear is somebody saying they were against it from (...)

  Tommy Bowe at a British & Irish Lions press conference. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tommy Bowe wants the British and Irish Lions to batter Australia into submission at ANZ Stadium, drawing on the pain of past failures to triumph in t(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip look on at the British & Irish Lions Training, Dolphins RFC, Noosa, Queensland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The overwhelming consensus in the Twitter-sphere is that Lions coach Warren Gatland has erred in dropping Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll for Saturday’s th(...)