Stuart Lancaster’s England squad training at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey, ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Those who feel the Ireland squad are spoiled by the salubrious confines of Carton House need to see Pennyhill Park in Surrey.England’s centre of exce(...)

 Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton leaves the pitch to be treated for a head injury. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“Recognise and remove” is the tagline adopted by World Rugby in their attempt to tackle the issue of concussion. Last week there were six incidents (...)

 Ireland’s Jenny Murphy and Alison Miller are dejected after defeat to France. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 5 France 10 “You can’t charge people €10 to stand in the rain for an hour with their children,” said one of the 2,100 crowd. “This is Te(...)

Irish and France women in darkness as the lights go out at Ashbourne RFC in Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Has the penny dropped yet? The arrival of women’s rugby is for keeps. Despite this agonising 10-5 loss to Six Nations champions France, Ireland(...)

 Ben Te’o gets a long overdue fourth appearance for Leinster against the Dragons on Sunday, having so far only played 87 minutes of rugby union. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A non-televised Pro 12 game in Dublin sneaks under the radar but there’s plenty of external interest in those involved.There are rumours that Wallab(...)

Tom Tierney, coach of Ireland women, as well as Glenstal Abbey and Cork Constitution, says it has taken a lot of work to fit them all into his schedule. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

You may remember Tom Tierney. Heading off to Australia for the 1999 summer tour that gave us Brian O’Driscoll the Garryowen scrumhalf seemed destined(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action: the scrumhalf has  been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Murray and Dave Kearney, two constants in last season’s victorious Six Nations side, have been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Sat(...)

Iain Henderson returns to the Ulster side at blindside flanker following a hip problem. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho.

It doesn’t require a degree in sports psychology to interpret the body language of Ulster coach Neil Doak. Shoulders sagged, eyes to ground, Doak cla(...)

Leinster’s 24-18 defeat against Harlequins at The Stoop rounded off a mixed weekend for the provinces in europe
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  • December 8, 2014, 08:35

Lacklustre Leinster The provinces enjoyed decidedly mixed fortunes as they returned to European competition this weekend. On Sunday Matt O’(...)

Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring Chelsea’s second during their 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge last night.
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  • December 4, 2014, 08:38

Chelsea march onThe last time Tottenham Hotspur managed a win at Stamford Bridge was the same day it was announced Nelson Mandela would be released fr(...)