Whoever wins this year’s Six Nations title, rugby fans in New Zealand won’t be paying too much attention

It’s a sad truth for the Six Nations to absorb but as they get their claws out, ready to gouge and scrap over the next eight weeks, their collective e(...)

Racing’s players congratulate their captain Dimitri Szarzewski after he scored a try  during the Champions Cup  match against  Glasgow Warriors  at Yves du Manoir. Photograph: Matthieu Alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

Racing 34 Glasgow Warriors 10 Dan Carter kicked 12 points as Racing 92 maintained their unbeaten run in the Champions Cup against Glasgow Warriors. (...)

Paul O’Connell is stretchered off at half-time after receiving a serious leg injury during Ireland’s pool match against France at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Amid the prevailing end-of-year doom and gloom, lest we forget that was the year that produced the greatest World Cup ever – as well as Super Saturday(...)

Wexford’s Una Leacy suffered what is probably the most dreaded injury within the GAA: a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

“Those were some of the scariest times of my life. I remember sitting at home thinking am I ever going to get better? Is this going to be me for the r(...)

Northampton Saints’s Teimana Harrison takes on Dan Carter of Racing 92. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Jim Mallinder insists Northampton can turn last week’s 30-point defeat on its head and dismiss Racing 92 in this evening’s Champions Cup rematch at F(...)

Warrior Manu Vatuvei and All Black Jerome Kaino lead the pall bearers carrying Jonah Lomu’s casket from the field at the Public Memorial at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

Jonah Lomu died effectively broke last month, it has been revealed, as friends establish a trust fund for the rugby player’s two sons. New Zealand (...)

Dan Carter in action during for Racing Metro 92 against Northampton Saints Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Racing 33 Northampton Saints 3 Dan Carter’s Racing 92 career got off to a perfect start as he orchestrated a 33-3 win over Northampton Saints in Pari(...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

This wonderful photograph from a packed  Ireland versus Austria match  in 1963 is just one of many in   ’Dalymount Park,   Home of Irish Football’ by Colin White.

THE BEST  No Borders – Playing Rugby For Ireland by Tom English (Arena Sport, €31.60) Oral histories are tricky to get right. An oral history (...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis trophy after beating Australia during the Rugby Union 2015 World Cup final at Twickenham in London

Richie McCaw, who captained New Zealand to two Rugby World Cup triumphs and was one of the best players ever to grace the game, has brought an end to (...)