Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt is helping out his hockey counterpart Craig Fulton as the latter prepares his team for Olympics. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Craig Fulton, coach of the men’s Irish hockey team, has had discussions with Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt about how he can use rugby techniques an(...)

New Zealand’s Ryan Crotty crosses the line to break Irish hearts during the 2013 autumn  international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland rugby fans face ticket increases of up to 40 per cent on 2013 prices to see world champions New Zealand in this November’s autumn internationa(...)

He goes, “I’ve decided I want to be a solicitodder. To one of the big criminoddle famidies.”

I call out to see Ronan on Monday morning. He’s smoking one of his world famous rollies and filling in a form. I’m like, “Alright, Ro? Is that the ce(...)

Ulster captain Rory Best: “I do think when we get our strongest side out we are very tough to beat.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As ever with Ulster, Leinster loom large on their horizon as we reach the business end of the season. They have only won one of the sides’ last seven(...)

Ian Madigan at the Ulster Bank League – Drop Kick for your Club Launch at Lansdowne RFC yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When Joe Schmidt sat down with Ian Madigan, he wanted what the IRFU wanted. That was for Madigan to remain in Ireland under their auspices. It was, s(...)

 The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Camps were launched by Leinster players  Jamie Heaslip, Jack McGrath and Hayden Triggs at a pop up training session in St Mary’s National School, Ranelagh. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Andy Farrell’s tenure as Ireland defence coach began on Monday morning in Enfield during a 24-hour get together for the squad and management when he c(...)

All Black legend and AIG ambassador Richie McCaw with a Dublin GAA jersey. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Richie McCaw has lent his imprimatur to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt one-day fulfilling that role with the All Blacks. New Zealand’s recently retired ca(...)

 All Black legend  Richie McCaw  was joined by  Dublin hurler Paul Schutte  to  promote AIG Insurance’s Telematics car insurance. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Record breaking and recently retired former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw was in Dublin on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after he picked up the Laure(...)

The Harlequins director of rugby, Conor O’Shea. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Heretofore Conor O’Shea has been merely a player and a pundit, whatever about being a prophet, in his own land. Yet for the last five years of his pla(...)

Despite being ruled out by his province, Peter O’Mahony can still make the tour squad to South Africa this summer according to the Ireland setup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony is due to see consultant orthopaedic surgeon Ray Moran at the Santry Sports Clinic this week to evaluate his progress and establish a r(...)