Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss has been in here for seven years and will extend his stay when he becomes director of rugby at Ulster after the World Cup in November. photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

To put it in Australian parlance: “Seven years? Bloody hell’. It’s incredible to think that this is Les Kiss’ seventh season on the Irish coaching tic(...)

Paul O’Connell poses with the new Six Nations trophy alongside fellow captains Thierry Dusautoir of France, Chris Robshaw of England, Sergio Parisse of Italy, Sam Warburton of Wales and Greig Laidlaw of Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

You can’t buy history, and the oldest international tournament in the world, dating back to 1883, returns for the first instalment of a 15-match pr(...)

Munster’s Ian Keatley passes the ball as Saracens’ Owen Farrell moves in. The two sides meet again this weekend in the European Champions Cup. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

If it’s January in Europe then Munster have to be fighting for their lives. However, even by their standards, Munster are in a particularly tricky pic(...)

Rhys Ruddock: “If we get a good turnout and the atmosphere is right, I think it will lift us, definitely.” Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster need to beat Harlequins at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday and also deny Conor O’Shea’s team a bonus point if they are to regain leadership o(...)

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(...)

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring his side’s first goal in the 2-1 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford last night
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  • December 3, 2014, 08:27

RIP Hughsey In the early hours the funeral of Phillip Hughes took place in his hometown of Macksville, New South Wales. More than a thousan(...)

Brendan Rodgers the manager of Liverpool looks on from the bench on Wednesday night. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images
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  • November 27, 2014, 08:30

The Champions League action continued last night with both Liverpool and Arsenal attempting to make it a first clean sweep of Premier League victories(...)

Sergio Aguero celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s third and matchwinning goal last night. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
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  • November 26, 2014, 08:32

The Champions League returned last night and it certainly didn’t disappoint, a smash and grab Manchester City victory over Bayern Munich keeping their(...)

2014 AIBA Elite Women’s World Boxing Champion Katie Taylor. Photograph: Doug McDermott/Inpho
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Katie Taylor this morning put the icing on what’s been a fantastic weekend for Irish Sport. The Olympic gold medallist secured a fifth straight(...)