England’s 10-12 axis of George Ford and Owen Farrell will not win too many collisions, so they are tasked with creating space. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Winning in Twickenham comes down to rugby’s essential non-negotiable: a player either makes or creates space. Go over defenders or ghost past them. W(...)

As the Six Nations championship takes its mid-term break, rugby enthusiasts may wish to reflect on how concerns about the effects of concussion are co(...)

Welsh and Irish fans show the tension of the last moments of the drawn Six Nations game in the Palace Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The four proud provinces of Ireland were “together standing tall”, as is now usual. But in a twist unforeseen by Phil Coulter’s rugby anthem, it was a(...)

Rob Kearney is tackled by Tiernan O’Halloran during Leinster’s 13-0 win at a sodden RDS on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 13 Connacht 0 Leave this as a solid win in atrocious conditions. The relentless wind and sideways downpour demanded a specific approach so(...)

Former Roscommon star Karol Mannion courageously spoke out this summer about the serious after-effects of his two experiences of concussion on the GAA playing fields.  ©INPHO/James Crombie

Roscommon’s favourite son Chris O’Dowd has just hit the big screen as the star of a major new film The Program about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong(...)

To heap the nation’s hopes and dreams at at feet of Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is wrong. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

‘A tournament match (or tie or fixture ) may involve multiple game-matches (or rubbers or legs) between competitors.” The origins of the word ‘tournam(...)

Conor McGregor will fight Jose Aldo next December in Las Vegas. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Conor McGregor is now so rich and famous that he doesn’t have to roll out of bed before two o’clock on any hot August afternoon in Las Vegas. This (...)

IToulon-bound Paul O’Connell in action at Ireland rugby squad training at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Paul O’Connell clarified that while his decision to sign for Toulon represents an exciting opportunity to pen a new chapter in his career, the Worl(...)

 Isa Nacewa: “Leinster was the one club I wanted to play for and when the opportunity arose I just jumped at it.” Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Isa Nacewa turned down an unofficial approach to resume his playing career during his time with the Auckland Blues but when Leinster made inquiries ea(...)

Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)