Ireland new cap Robbie Diack. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By Gerry ThornleyAs expected, the South African-born Robbie Diack, who qualifies by residency, will make his debut for Ireland against Argentina on Sa(...)

Jonathan Sexton at yesterday’s press briefing in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonathan Sexton said that a deadline has not been set on contract talks with Racing Metro 92, but he is hopeful the process is wrapped up before too (...)

Rob Kearney and Brian O’Driscoll share a lighter moment during a Leinster squad training a session at UCD ahead of the Pro 12 final on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

The most exciting moment for the Donnybrook crowd last Friday night came five minutes before kick-off. That’s when the senior Leinster players made(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Sam Windsor share a laugh at Leinster training in UCD. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Professional sports folk love controlling those pesky controllables. It’s, like, their thing. So when Matt O’Connor was presented with a number of (...)

 Paddy Jackson  could be forced to miss Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina. Photograph: James Crombie

Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson will miss Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina after suffering a stress fracture to his lower back.Jackson had been named a(...)

Jonny Sexton of Racing Metro. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Toulon 16 Racing Metro 6 Jonathan Sexton’s hopes of guiding Racing Metro 92 to their first Top 14 final were dashed tonight when Toulon outmusc(...)

Racing Metro outhalf Jonathan Sexton passes the ball  during the Top 14 quarter-final match against Toulouse at   Stade Ernest Wallon  in Toulouse. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

Toulouse 16 Racing Metro 21: Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton kicked Racing Metro to a famous victory over Toulouse at the Stade Ernest Wallon as he la(...)

Toulon Rugby owner Mourad Boudjellal   celebrates  his team’s Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Leinster at the Felix Mayol Stadium in Toulon. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

The essence is in part aspirational, a glossy, Panini sticker-album feel, to the playing roster at Toulon. Club president and multi-millionaire(...)

Andrew Trimble: in the mix for player of the year.  Photograph: Rob Hardie/Press Eye

Having made significant contributions as Ireland captured the Six Nations title, Peter O’Mahony, Andrew Trimble and Devin Tone(...)

Ireland’s flanker Chris Henry (second right) tackles France’s centre Mathieu Bastareaud during the Six Nations at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Photograph: AFP Photo

Another Irish man who thrived in Paris, James Joyce, wrote: “Better pass boldly into that other world, in (...)