Ireland’s Alison Miller runs in for a try against New Zealand in the Women’s World Cup Pool B encounter in Marcoussis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The women were doing it in Paris for themselves, more than anyone could have imagined. Prior to the World Cup centre Lynne Cantwell said she was no dr(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and his wife Amy Huberman (left) in the Royal Box during day 12 of the Wimbledon championships yesterday: Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Pool/PA Wire.

By Johnny WattersonNeither being a father nor Father Time had any say on Centre Court. Roger Federer, one step closer to becoming the first man in his(...)

Katie Taylor steels herself before her bout against Denitsa Eliseeva. Photograph: Octavian Cocolos/Inpho

Katie Taylor is through to her sixth European Championship final in succession. The Irish lightweight beat Bulgaria’s Denista Eliseeva 3-0 to earn a m(...)

Blackrock College and Clongowes Wood College contest this year’s Leinster Senior Schools Cup final. Research has shown 18 per cent of rugby players drop out of the sport within three to four years of leaving secondary school. Photograph: Inpho

The IRFU have begun to address what has become a critical issue of large numbers of players falling out of the game. Following a study conducted by th(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during a press conference at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA 3:03

Johnny Sexton will remain in France to see out his two-year contract with Parisian club Racing Metro. However, Irish coach Joe Schmidt has had (...)

Katie Taylor, with father and coach  Pete Taylor, will be going for her sixth successive European championship gold medal in Bucharest. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

JOHNNY WATTERSONOlympic champion Katie Taylor will hope to win her sixth successive European Championships in Bucharest later this year. The venue and(...)

Alain Rolland refereesa  match between South Africa and Australia.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

From the age of eight his parents would hang the unaccompanied minor Aer Lingus tag around his neck and usher him onto the aircraft bound for the C(...)

Dr Barry O’ Driscoll, a former IRB Medical Advisor, is one of the prime critics of the IRB protocols.

Both the Six Nations Championship and the Celtic Rugby Board, who govern the Pro12 League, have adopted the International Rugby Board’s (IRB) concuss(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam: has some players returning from injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam is hopeful that fullback Gavin Duffy, who last weekend left the field during the second half at Thomond Park with a shoulder in(...)

UCD’s Shane O’Donoghue makes a break as Mark Willis tries to defend for Belfast Harlequins during the Irish Senior Cup match at Deramore Park. Photograph: Inpho

Trinity (Dublin University) are languishing at the bottom of the Leinster’s senior league Division Two. It’s not a place most of the graduates that pl(...)