Homeland Tuesday, RTÉ Two, 9pm You just can’t keep a good agent down. The indefatigable Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is back and facing a whole new(...)

Gordon D’Arcy: “You stay at the table long enough and eventually you don’t get picked. That’s happened to me now. I’m very sanguine and relaxed about it all.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It ended where it began. The 35-year-old former rugby professional lingered in the doorway of Bective Rangers clubhouse, decked out in new Leinster(...)

Former Australia coach Robbie Deans: his odds shortened rapidly from 17-2 to 1-4 before steadying at 8-15 overnight with Paddy Power,  suggesting he may be Leinster’s preferred choice. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The former Crusaders and Wallabies’ head coach Robbie Deans has emerged as the front-runner to become the next Leinster head coach in succession to(...)

Jamie Roberts has agreed a deal with Harlequins. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales centre Jamie Roberts will follow his fellow Lion Jonathan Sexton out of Racing Metro after signing a deal with Conor O’Shea’s Harlequins in the (...)

“You like to think, if there are rules and you sign up to those rules, then everybody plays by those rules. There is no grey area,” said Conor O’Shea. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

It’s easy to throw around war metaphors when writing about sports, especially territory-based games like rugby. Some years ago my brother was flatmate(...)

A teenage Gordon D’Arcy at Ireland squad training in 1998. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Inpho

First sight of Gordon D’Arcy was on his knees in the background. The snapshot from March 1995 is of Geordan Murphy, his predecessor in the art of evas(...)

Gordon D’Arcy’s announcement does not rule out the possibility of  a World Cup farewell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been one of the stellar Irish rugby careers, for sure, and when the end of October comes and Gordon D’Arcy heads into the sunset he can do so (...)

England fullback Mike Brown is unlikely to play again this season and is still suffering symptoms from the concussion he picked up in this tackle of Italy’s Andrea Masi during the Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

The England fullback Mike Brown is unlikely to play again this season because he is continuing to suffer concussion symptoms two months after he wa(...)

The first half was lively. The second? Well, usually some of us would have enjoyed yesterday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final a bit more than your average rugby half, but, okay, yes, it was a bit good. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Have you ever seen the like? Of course you haven’t. Were you stretched by the end of it? Of course you were. But come the weekend’s conclusion, if you(...)

‘Kool and the Gang’: Keith Wood was full of praise for Mike Ross during Ireland’s Six Nations defeat of England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So did you pop out yesterday in the sunshine for a pound of butter? And then have to slide your way back like a Nordic skier? All the time fretting ab(...)