Ruan Pienaar will undergo a fitness test in Dublin next week ahead of South Africa’s opening game of their European tour against Ireland. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some good news for Leinster in yesterday’s 36-man Springbok squad for the European tour that begins in Dublin on November 8th as Heyneke Meyer has (...)

Luke Fitzgerald: returns to action for Leinster against Castres after long injury absence. Photograph: Inpho.

Castres v Leinster, Stade Pierre Antoine, Sunday, 1.0pm: This preview can’t but focus fairly heavily on Luke Fitzgerald’s latest return to the field (...)

 Brian O’Driscoll and Robbie Henshaw during an Ireland training session. The former captain has tipped the young Connacht player to fill the number 13 shirt in his absence.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll believes that Robbie Henshaw is the man to fill the Ireland number 13 jersey in November and beyond. The anointment of the 21-(...)

David Nucifora during his time on the Wallabies’ coaching staff. “I always think that dealing face to face with people is a far better way of doing things,” he says. Photograph: Mark Nolan/Getty Images.

David Nucifora’s first task as the IRFU’s newly invented performance director was to bring Jonathan Sexton home from Racing Metro 92. Along with signi(...)

Donegal fall: A dejected Bernard Brogan near the end of the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

What man could argue with Bernard Brogan’s assertion; it hurts more when you’ve left something behind. He means football. Life seems fine. Busy morni(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney: “I never questioned the Munster guys’ commitment. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The 2009 Grand Slam was captured in Cardiff but everyone knows Rob Kearney won it all by himself in Enfield the previous December when, aged just 22,(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin: “My take on the championship format is there has to be more games.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Leinster Council will seek a change in their football championship structure at next year’s GAA’s annual Congress. Citing the continued weakness o(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan scores a goal against Monaghan. Dublin’s heavy scoring rate helped push up the overall total this summer. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Claiming the black card as an instant success, the GAA yesterday released statistics from this year’s football championship to support the effect of t(...)

 Jim McGuinness: guided Donegal to an All-Ireland title in 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian McEniff, the only other man to guide Donegal to the All-Ireland football title, believes Jim McGuinness will return for a fifth year as manager.(...)

Cork’s Roisín Phelan and Dublin’s Sinead Goldrick whose teams will be vying for possession of the Brendan Martin Cup in the TG4 All-Ireland women’s senior football final at Croke Park on Sunday. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

A sporting dynasty is built upon small beginnings. Losing in the same manner you intend upon winning. This is the Cork ladies football team. And stil(...)