Captain Richie McCaw with team-mates at a New Zealand training session ahead of their Bledisloe Cup match against Australia on Saturday in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

At 8.05pm local time in Sydney, or 11.05am Irish time on Saturday morning, New Zealand will attempt to establish the longest winning sequence in the (...)

 Tom Grace is the new Chairman of the Lions Board. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The British & Irish Lions today announced the appointment of Tom Grace as the new chairman of the Lions Board. He succeeds Gerald Davies who had o(...)

New Zealand and Auckland Blues scrumhalf Piri Weepu has suffered a stroke earlier this month. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

New Zealand scrumhalf Piri Weepu will miss at least four weeks of Super Rugby for his Auckland Blues side as he recovers from a minor stroke. (...)

Isa Nacewa celebrates with his Leinster team-mates following victory over Ulster in the RaboDirect PRO12 Grand Final at the RDS in May. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former Leinster favourite Isa Nacewa is settling into life back in New Zealand. Still only 31, his playing boots remain firmly on the shelf and he’s b(...)

Good footballers bounce back, the weaker ones don’t. For Ulster coach Mark Anscombe it is  about managing players like outhalf Paddy Jackson through  the good and the bad times. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye.

Sometimes the impression given of Ulster, largely by the questions asked, is they are worthy but dull. Trouper professionals and ambitious, but button(...)

Séamus Griffin of Kirwans. Photograph: Frank Millar

In the middle of Dublin a group of friends and family gather to tell funny, moving stories and sing songs while a slideshow of photographs runs behind(...)

 Clyde Rathbone of the Brumbies will be up against the Lions’ Shane Williams today.   Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

As unlikely head-to-heads go, it’s fair to say the odds on Clyde Rathbone confronting Shane Williams on the Lions tour a year ago would have been astr(...)

Former New Zealand great John Kirwan, the current  coach of the Auckland Blues was open regarding his own mental health issues in his book. Photograph: Getty Images.

Retirement is a strange thing. Coming to terms with the fact that what you do and love is gone is a tough experience no matter how far ahead yo(...)