“It’s a day for boot, bite and bollock,” said Ronan O’Gara on the RTÉ panel. Photograph: Anthony Wallace /AFP/Getty Images

For youngsters, John F Kennedy is the man who promotes wind energy on the telly, but for the rest of us he’s the fella who foresaw how many would feel(...)

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal wants his club to play in the English league.

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has written to the English Premiership clubs about the possibility of his reigning European champions joining Engla(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “What the hell do you people want?” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

1“You know, I’ve been very busy climbing to the top of this greasy IAAF pole. But now I’m here, I’m going to shed this Tory politico disguise, cut do(...)

New Zealander Maa Nonu in action for Toulon against Agen at the weekend: what Toulon are doing, while amazing to watch, is concocted in Mourad Boudjellal’s office. Photograph: Bertrand langlois/AFP

With the big picture barely sketched by Leo Cullen and Girvan Dempsey, a trip to Toulon is hardly the time for experimentation. This calls for an accu(...)

“The family are incredibly excited,” says France-bound Paul O’Connell. “They don’t care about my injuries. They just want to make sure we go.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A player who has come to the end of his Irish career is beginning another. Paul O’Connell wants to be with Toulon when European competition shortly co(...)

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 (...)

“Games against New Zealand can go all over the shop. Sometimes it opens up, sometimes it closes down,” says Australia assistant coach Stephen Larkham. Photograph:  Peter Cziborra/Reuters

World Cup finals in most sports tend to be anti-climactic, taut, low-scoring affairs. Understandably, neither coaches nor players are inclined to be t(...)

Matt Giteau returned to the Wallaby fold when Michael Cheika took command. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Afp Photo/Getty Images

Until Michael Cheika forced through The Giteau Rule one of rugby’s last little big men saw this World Cup as nothing more than a tidy earner. “I thoug(...)

 Owen Farrell has been chosen to start at outhalf  ahead of team-mate  George Ford for England against Wales. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Stuart Lancaster realised on Thursday that there are no easy rides as England coach, not after a match and now, not even before the match has taken p(...)

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(...)