Leinster’s Shane Jennings was sidelined for 13 weeks after tearing his hamstring against Connacht. Photograph: Billy Stickland/inpho

One player hoping his name will be on Matt O’Connnor’s team when he names his Leinster side today is Shane Jennings. While the bulk of the internatio(...)

Rory McIlroy holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship  at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky. It was his second Major win of the year. Photo: John Locher/AP

Rory McIlroy’s magnificent year in golf has been acknowledged with his last award of 2014, and there have been so many, after being crowned RTÉ Spo(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will have to begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Italy without Johnny Sexton, who is resigned to being out of action until F(...)

Luke Marshall  runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in February. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

As Luke Marshall trudged from the pitch following a European Champions Cup match at Parc y Scarlets he shared Ulster’s acute communal disappointment,(...)

  New Zealand All Blacks coach Steve Hansen poses after announcing his re-signing as coach. Photograph:  Mark Tantrum/Getty Images

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has signed a contract extension until 2017, ensuring he will remain in charge of the national side until after the Brit(...)

The  physicality of the collisions  in international rugby is breathtaking  but so too the athletic prowess,  as demonstrated here by  Australia’s Kurtley Beale, who beats team-mate Israel Folau and Ireland’s Rob Kearney to the ball at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

One truth comes screaming out of this week’s debate about the use of strength-enhancing substances in rugby union: even the insiders are slightly bewi(...)

The general consensus in schools is ‘no supplements allowed’ but the temptation remains for those unlikely to experience this level of competition again. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

“Everyone has a personal gold medal. That might be just making the First XV of your high school rugby team. “These drugs are rife – you can get(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “I don’t know of any positive results during my time . . .” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s certainly a debate now. Joe Schmidt has responded to growing comment about supplement abuse in rugby union by highlighting the lack of evidenc(...)

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(...)

 Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt was named  Philips Sports Manager of the Year for 2014 at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has been named Philips Sports manager of the year. The award comes after a stellar 2014 which saw Ireland rise to third(...)