Philips Manager of the Year Joe Schmidt with his award following the ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel: “It’s humbling because of the competition that is here today.”

Despite the mass influx, Joe Schmidt is the only foreign rugby coach to be named Philips Sports Manager of the Year.Not the first foreigner, mind. Th(...)

Munster’s Paul’Connell will have his own hands full as his side take on Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

To think that we could have missed out on this. The next two weekends of the traditional back-to-back pre-Christmas games could define European Cha(...)

Tiger Woods is propping up the leaderboard after carding a five over par opening round of 77 at the Hero World Challenge on his return form injury
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • December 5, 2014, 08:35

World Cup bid The Rugby World Cup is less than a year away and hopes of an Irish victory are higher than ever. But, if Joe Schmidt’s men fall s(...)

Fergus McFadden has been ruled out of Leinster’s European Challenge Cup match against Harlequins at The Stoop this weekend

Fergus McFadden will not be available for Leinster this weekend against Harlequins and will be out of rugby for up to six weeks. The Leinster back inj(...)

Leinster’s  Kane Douglas (centre) is being “monitored on a daily basis through the return to play protocols”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Leinster are still monitoring the condition of lock Kane Douglas, hooker Richardt Strauss and Luke Fitzgerald ahead of the resumption of Champions Cup(...)

Dave Kearney, in action here against Ospreys, is relishing the battle to win back the Ireland jersey he wore last season. Photograph: Ryan byrne/Inpho

Waiting for the ball is no longer a winger’s way. With their energy, physicality and willingness to seek conflict, Dave Kearney and Andrew Trimble bec(...)

Leinster man of the match  Jack Conan evades the tackle of Ospreys’ Dmitri Arhip during the Guinness Pro12 game at the RDS. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster 18 Ospreys 12Leinster will be grateful for the result, which the grafted for in blood and sweat, but the performance, well that’s another mat(...)

Fergus McFadden returns for Leinster on Saturday evening in the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Fergus McFadden makes a welcome return for Leinster after nearly three months of nursing an ankle injury as they face the Ospreys in the Guinness PR(...)

Chris Henry. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster officials remain optimistic that Chris Henry will make a full recovery after undergoing heart surgery on Monday although, understandably, the(...)

Sean Cronin and Fergus McFadden at Griffith College. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Athletes retire early. Just as most people are making strides in their career – around their mid-30s – professional sports players are winding down(...)