New Zealand’s fullback Ben Smith  passes to his captain Richie McCaw during World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Did you spot all those tricolours in Twickenham? The ultimate triumph of hope over Argentina. In the end our people had to make do with being neutral (...)

Fireworks light up the sky during the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Up and running, just the 47 games to go. It won’t be over until October 31st, so spare a thought for Judge Judy fans who’ll be irked by the sight o(...)

This, as all TV slobs will readily attest to, is bad news. Not so much because we want all rugby all the time, you understand. It’s more that when you know there is a game every night, you don’t have to waste brain power wondering when the next one is.

Before we get on to what the Rugby World Cup will be as a viewing experience, it may serve us well to point out from the start what it will not be.(...)

John Inverdale: “This is looking at it through rose-c**ted … eh, eh…. rose-rose-tinted glasses from the past … I, I, I apologise there for a slip of the tongue….. but Lizzie your love of the sport just shines through.”

Poor John Inverdale. By now he must regard the microphone as his enemy, which is never a good thing when you’re a broadcaster. All he could be gratefu(...)

“It was a slip of the tongue and John apologised immediately afterwards.”

The BBC was forced to clarify a slip of the tongue that led presenter John Inverdale to say “rose-c**ted glasses” during BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage (...)

‘Kool and the Gang’: Keith Wood was full of praise for Mike Ross during Ireland’s Six Nations defeat of England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So did you pop out yesterday in the sunshine for a pound of butter? And then have to slide your way back like a Nordic skier? All the time fretting ab(...)

Eugenie Bouchard: was invited to perform a twirl by a reporter in an interview on court following her straight sets victory over Kiki Bertenson at  the Australian Open. Photograph: Joe Castro/EPA

Eugenie Bouchard had no idea the man with the microphone in his hand and mischief in his heart would ask her to “do a little twirl” to show off her o(...)

The Ireland team celebrate after collecting the Six  Nations Championship title at  Stade de France, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It was kind of our “that’s one small step for man” moment: “Forward pass mate? I’ve got it.” Only Saturday’s words were way more conseque(...)

We’ll miss Brian O’Driscoll’s  magic alright, and another win in Paris is the only fitting end. The real question is, what in hell are we going to do without him? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

So there we were looking at Ireland-Italy from the bowels of the West End theatre where yours truly is appearing in Conor McPherson’s (...)

 Brian O’Driscoll shows his emotions as he walks from the field after his final home international.

You know, when the crowd was chanting “one more year” while Brian O’Driscoll chatted with Clare McNamara on the pitch after he beat Italy on Sa(...)