Keith Earls:  made his debut for Munster nine seasons ago and has scored 36 tries for his native province in 121 games. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Although publicly Munster are putting a brave face on speculation linking Keith Earls with a prospective move to Saracens at the end of the season an(...)

Leighton Aspell and Many Clouds won the 2015 Grand National. Photograph: Getty

Officials at Aintree have announced next year’s Crabbie’s Grand National will be run at 5.15pm. Nearly nine million viewers watched on Cha(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital has fuelled fierce debate about inequality

The economic collapse has revived the fortunes of equality, a principle once scoffed at by ruling politicians. The French economist Thomas Pike(...)

The Irish Times has learned that following the IRFU’s reduction of their original offer to extend his national contract, Jamie Heaslip is spending two days in France discussing terms.

Jamie Heaslip has become a serious flight risk from Leinster this summer with both Toulon and Montpellier circling.The Irish Times has learned that fo(...)

Paul O’Connell, here jumping highest in a lineout against the All Blacks last weekend,  hopes to be playing for Ireland until the 2015 World Cup. Photograph Billy Stickland/Inpho

With the November internationals now passed, the IRFU enter a potentially catastrophic period as eight frontline Ireland player contracts have yet to (...)

Aintree’s search for a new sponsor for the Grand National is over with the news that Crabbies has signed a three-year deal. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Aintree’s search for a new sponsor for the Grand National is over with the news that Crabbies has signed a three-year deal which will see the race se(...)