Ireland’s Simon Zebo goes over for a tryagainst Australia in Dublin in November. Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

“You don’t have to be perfect. Your attitude and mental resolve have to be perfect. It’s very hard to play a perfect game of rugby but you have to st(...)

Philips Manager of the Year Joe Schmidt with his award following the ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel: “It’s humbling because of the competition that is here today.”

Despite the mass influx, Joe Schmidt is the only foreign rugby coach to be named Philips Sports Manager of the Year.Not the first foreigner, mind. Th(...)

 Harlequins’ Aseli Tikoirotuma breaks against Leinster at the Stoop. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Harlequins 24 Leinster 18Leinster took the bare minimum from The Stoop after being caught cold by two tries in quick succession from Harlequins in the(...)

Luke Fitzgerald has been named in the Leinster side to play Harlequins at The Stoop on Sunday, with coach Matt O’Connor making 10 changes to his starting line up

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has named a strong line up for Sunday's trip to The Stoop to play Harlequins, making 10 changes in total from the side(...)

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(...)

Jack McGrath on the attack for Ireland against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

These demons have been exorcised but Youtube keeps dragging the masochists among us back to November 24th, 2013. Jack McGrath’s third cap.Steadily bec(...)

Ian Madigan in action against the Ospreys in the game at the RDS. The Ireland international has been passed fir to face Harlequins in the European Champions Cup. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Leinster medics have cleared Ian Madigan to face Harlequins at The Stoop this Sunday but doubts surround the return of Luke Fitzgerald and Richard(...)

Dominic Ryan and Dave Kearney of Leinster get hands on with Ospreys’ Tom Grabham during the Pro12 game at the RDS. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster 18 Ospreys 12   The incessant aerial bombardment drew flak from the stands at the RDS. The plaintiff cries underlining a (...)

 Dominic Ryan makes a break against Georgia during his debut. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Although those returning from international duty may yet prove minimal enough, Dominic Ryan will not be alone in gladly welcoming them back. After the(...)

Rob Kearney 7/10 - Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland. Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial duels with Israel Folau and hit the post with a drop at goal.

Rob Kearney 7/10Excelled, but this could have been his greatest game for Ireland.Missed a couple of tackles, understandably steered clear of aerial du(...)