Munster’s first Irish captain Jim McCarthy has passed away at the age of 91. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jim McCarthy, Munster’s first Ireland captain, has passed away aged 91.The great Dolphin flanker won 28 international caps starting in 1948 when he c(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton, at today’s launch. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A cross-Border bid for Ireland to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was formally launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter(...)

Ireland  international wing Tommy Bowe attending the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Wilson “Jack” Kyle, former Ireland and Lions rugby player in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish rugby legends have paid tribute to the one considered the greatest of them all as they joined friends and family of the late Jack Kyle at a spec(...)

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar: his huge influence as an experienced international, a kicker and a physical scrumhalf has been particularly missed by Ulster.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former and current Ulster players will be attending the Service of Thanksgiving for Ireland and Lions outhalf, Jack Kyle, which takes place this afte(...)

Jack Kyle spent 35 years working in Zambia after hanging up his rugby boots. Photograph: Frank Miller

One of Jack Kyle’s favourite stories was about the brilliant and untameable Richard Burton. Like most Welsh men of his era, Burton was enthralled by t(...)

Jack Kyle with captain Brian O’Driscoll after Ireland beat Wales in Cardiff to win their second Grand Slam in 2009, 61 years after the first was inspired by the Belfast man. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jack Kyle was the very best, the loveliest of players and the loveliest of men – Cliff Morgan Justine McGrath recounts a story from her childho(...)

Jack Kyle congratulates Brian O’Driscoll after Ireland’s second Grand Slam in 2009. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland has lost one of its all-time sporting legends with the death of Jack Kyle. Out-half on the Grand Slam-winning Irish rugby team of 1948, the(...)

1991: Ireland’s Gordon Hamilton  is mobbed after scoring a dramatic late try against  Australia at Lansdowne Road during the Rugby World Cup which was largely based in England.

When Ireland played Australia in Dublin in 1991, the dashing scrumhalf Rob Saunders was filmed repeatedly punching himself in order to acclimatise his(...)

James Murphy-O’Connor, known as Jim, who has died aged 89, was an Irish rugby international credited with developing a revolutionary kicking technique(...)