Rory Best  runs at Simone Favaro of Italy during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. “To now captain Ireland going into the Six Nations is a massive thing for me and my family.” Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Spare a thought for Rory Best. There is probably no harder task than to succeed Paul O’Connell as captain, who had effectively succeeded Brian O’Drisc(...)

Rory Best: Candidacy will not have been harmed by reports of his half-time rallying call which contributed to Ulster’s comeback from 23-0 down to win in Oyannax . Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rory Best is the odds-on favourite to be named as the next captain of the Irish rugby team when Joe Schmidt announces a squad of around 36 or 37 playe(...)

Former Ireland international rugby player David Wallace and Melanie Nocher, retired Olympic Swimmer, launched the Swim Ireland’s third Swim for a Mile Challenge at the National Aquatic Centre on Monday. Photograph: Inpho.

Throwing in the towel and Munster Rugby may have never been mentioned in the same breath before. But as the Irish province continues to suck up a 27-7(...)

Les Kiss took over as director of rugby at Ulster after the World Cup and has brought a new intensity of play to the province. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Briefly slip back to last September at the FA national training centre deep among the pines of middle England. Before a squad meeting there grappled J(...)

Philips Manager of the Year award winners  Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill with  Philips MD Cel O’Reilly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Without it being groundbreaking, there’s some symmetry to the O’Neills sharing the Philips Sports Manager of the Year award. At the 33rd instalment of(...)

Craig Gilroy in action for Ulster in their Champions Cup clash with Saracens. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye.

Craig Gilroy may come to view the arrival of Les Kiss as director of rugby at Ulster as a serendipitous moment in his rugby career. The 24-year-old(...)

The University of Limerick has awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science to former Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell. He is pictured with his wife Emily, children, Lola (1) and Paddy (5) as he prepared for the conferring ceremony. Photograph: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.

He may give the orders on the rugby pitch but Paul O’Connell insists team-mates will not have to call him ‘Dr Paul’ following his conferring with an h(...)

Japan’s Karne Hesketh scores the winning try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Brighton Community Stadium. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

World Rugby has unveiled the shortlists for the Coach of the Year and Team of the Year accolades, with the winners to be announced at the World Rugby (...)

Ireland winger  Tommy Bowe scores a try against France in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

2012 Six Nations Championship France 17 Ireland 17, Stade de France This was the first draw between the sides since 1985 and represented (...)

Mike Ross is vital to Ireland’s World Cup hopes despite his international career blooming late. Photograph: Getty

“Whenever the Springboks are under pressure coach Heyneke has got this story about how charcoal under big, big pressure becomes a diamond.” – Victor M(...)