Dropping the ball: Brendan O’Connor

Listeners tuning into Brendan O’Connor’s first day as stand-in host of The John Murray Show (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) will not be surprised by what t(...)

The IRFU’s Dan Downey sets up the GPS units on the Aviva Stadium’s pitch ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations game against France in February. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not so long ago a fag and orange segment was seen as restorative at half-time, an extra lap until you drop a good thing, a sign of heart. But in recen(...)

Luke Fitzgerald, by virtue of his different technique, is in a better place to dominate the tackle, making life much easier for the support runner. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The last time Tiger Woods topped the US PGA by season’s end was in 2013. In the 60 rounds he played he took 4,193 shots and in doing so won $8,553,439(...)

 Ulster’s Paddy Jackson returns to action against Cardiff after recovering from a cracked elbow suffered against Toulon. Photograph: Franck Pennant/INPHO/Presseye

Ulster, finally, are looking like themselves again. The return of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, both after cracked elbows against Toulon in Januar(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor: “There are a lot of games in the Pro 12 that are impacted on by the lack of availability of Test players.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor, so clearly at odds with Ireland’s player management plan, believes the refusal to release Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney, Ja(...)

Cian Healy and Luke Fitzgerald start on the bench for Leinster against Glasgow on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

A number of Leinster’s Ireland Six Nations winners have been named in Matt O’Connor’s 23-man squad to play Glasgow Warriors at the RDS on Friday night(...)

Leo Cullen with the Leinster squad at UCD. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster will have to win every match until the end of the season if they are to fulfill their ambitions for this season, according to forwards coach (...)

Paul O’Connell making another of those unglamorous carries that are the hallmark of his unselfishness and work ethic. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Joe Schmidt said on Saturday that Paul O’Connell had taken the week by the scruff of the neck, I wasn’t surprised at all. I couldn’t help smiling(...)

Seán O’Brien is back in the Leinster squad for the Champions Cup campaign. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

There has been an upsurge in ticket sales for Ireland’s World Cup warm-up home matches against Scotland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium following on f(...)

 Try scorer Sean O’Brien brought badly needed ballast in the ball-carrying. Photograph: Reuters 9:27

After the most unforgettable finale ever to a relatively forgettable tournament, the question is whether the unique circumstances of last Saturday’s s(...)