The IRFU have opened contract talks with Irleand coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Inpho

The IRFU have confirmed they are in talks to tie Ireland coach Joe Schmidt to the role beyond this year’s rugby World Cup, after which his current dea(...)

Ben Te’o scores one of his two tries against the Dragons. The New Zealand-born centre’s should be key part of a stronger Leinster outfit next season. Photograph: Ian Cooks/Inpho

Matt O’Connor might not be the most popular coach that has strode the RDS turf. But is his Leinster team essentially Joe Schmidt’s Ireland minus the w(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor gambled on resting 12 of the starting line-up against Bath for the trip to the Dragons. Photograph: Ian Cook

Many Leinster fans would yesterday have awoken to the radio advertising campaign promoting the province’s season ticket sales. Coming hard on the heel(...)

Gordon D’Arcy: “All I can worry about is the next game. That’s all I can control. If I play my best game there, and that gets me into the team, great. If I play my best game and it doesn’t get me into the team, I’ve done all I can.”

Ageism is perhaps more prevalent in sport than any other way of life. Field athletes, for the most part, are viewed suspiciously when they enter th(...)

Racing-Metro’s  Jonny Sexton:  had been replaced when his team-mates decided to riskily run down the clock with pick-and-jam tactic within range of their posts. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/INpho 3:19

It’s funny how the new order has effectively scrapped the wonderful Heineken Cup for a revamped new tournament without a title sponsor, on foot of (...)

Sky Sports have sealed exclusive rights to at least three of Ireland’s World Cup warm-up matches. Photograph: Afp

There will be no live coverage on terrestrial television of at least three of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm-up matches following Sky Sports announcem(...)

Rhys Ruddock suffered injury against Harlequins in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s truncated season has been ended by a recurrence of the arm problem which has sidelined him for all but two games since mid-December.(...)

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(...)