Barbarians’ Wynand Oliver and Gerhard Vosloo tackle Ireland’s Colm O’Shea during the friendly match at Thomond Park.

Joe Schmidt admitted any prospective citing against Jack McGrath for his 32nd minute knee into the back of the Barbarians’ Georgian lock Konstantin Mi(...)

Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

George Smith (right),   celebrates his 100th birthday in John Kavanaghs pub in Glasnevin, commonly known as the Gravediggers, with his children (from left),  Gerard, Freddie and Teresa. George has been frequenting the  pub every week for several decades. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A pint of plain is still your only man for Ireland’s latest centenarian, George Smith. Mr Smith turned 100 yesterday and went for a celebration pint i(...)

Christoph Kramer of Germany lies injured during the 2014 Fifa World Cup B final against Argentina at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Heading the ball in soccer has never been such a contentious issue with a legal case in the US threatening to change the way the game is coached an(...)

Toulon’s Steffon Armitage: considering options due	 to England’s refusal to pick anyone who is based overseas. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The International Rugby Board is ready to block exploitation of a loophole in qualifying regulations for Rio 2016 that enables players to switch natio(...)

A rare moss presumed to be extinct in Ireland since the 1960s has been rediscovered at Clara Bog in Co Offaly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A rare moss presumed to be extinct in Ireland since the 1960s has been rediscovered at Clara Bog in Co Offaly.The discovery of waved fork-moss (Dicran(...)

Fergus McFadden in action against Ulster in the Pro 12 semi-final where he had to leave the field with a head injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

It began on the Lions tour with Australia’s George Smith and recently came the full circle with Florian Fritz falling down dazed in Toulouse’s match(...)

The Chiefs perform a haka after winning the Super Rugby final against the Brumbies at Waikato Stadium  in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photograph: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

Chiefs 27 Brumbies 22: The Chiefs claimed the Super Rugby title for the second consecutive season with a 27-22 come-from-behind victory over the Brumb(...)

 Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll hold the Tom Richards Cup aloft after the Lions won the final test match against Australia in Sydney to secure the first series victory in 16 years. Photograph: Getty

Australia 16 British and Irish Lions 41: So much for the momentum being with the Wallabies. Ultimately, the Lions saved their best until last so endin(...)

 Left to right - Owen Farrell, Jamie Heaslip, Tom Youngs, Alex Cuthbert, Adam Jones (under jacket), Ben Youngs and Sam Warburton watch the final moments of the second Test from the bench. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

So, not entirely surprisingly, it’s come down to this. It’s been that kind of season, that kind of tour. Both sides now have an 80 minute shot at fore(...)