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(...)

The Lions’ front row in action against Australia last week in Melbourne.The Lions’ scrum is not interested in giving the ball to the backline. Phtograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

The Lions have done everything in their power to give the Tom Richards Trophy to the Wallabies.Two weeks ago when I was in Brisbane for the first Test(...)

Brian O’Driscoll training with the Lions. The decision to drop the Irish centre for the third test has been  met with shock, bemusement and condemnation by players, pundits and supporters. Photograph: Inpho

Twitter rumours that replacement Lions centre Manu Tuilagi had suffered an injury during training and Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll was in line for a dra(...)

 George Smith in happy mood after learning of his Test recall. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

A feature of the last six weeks in Australia is how Robbie Deans has been the sole voice of the Wallabies’ coaching staff. There hasn’t been a sign of(...)