‘Kool and the Gang’: Keith Wood was full of praise for Mike Ross during Ireland’s Six Nations defeat of England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So did you pop out yesterday in the sunshine for a pound of butter? And then have to slide your way back like a Nordic skier? All the time fretting ab(...)

Putting it on the line: Ireland’s Keith Wood powers over for a  try against England in their 2001 Six Nations match. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It’s the big one, simple as. Ireland against England has a resonance, a sense of history and occasion which surpasses all other Irish fixtures. Be it (...)

Munster’s Alan Quinlan wrestles with Leicester’s  Neil Back during the 2002 Heineken Cup final at the  Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Image

Rugby can sometimes contrive the Hollywood ending. And so it is the next time Neil Back and Peter Stringer line out, they may be chumming up to each (...)

Keith Wood pictured with his wife Nicola at the annual Ireland Funds’ rugby lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

They were pushing their luck with a Friday the 13th lunch for a guest of honour nicknamed after a horror character, albeit a comic one. But som(...)

Robbie Henshaw says it was a great feeling to get the win, even sitting in the stands, in last year’s Six Nations, but “it’s a new challenge this year”.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The first thing that strikes you about Robbie Henshaw is how grounded and level-headed he is. Aside from a striking physicality which is unusual for a(...)

St Patrick’s Athletic  fans celebrate their side’s second goal against Derry City in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If St Pat’s were awarded a euro for every time their FAI Cup drought was mentioned in the last week, they’d have Messi, Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo up fro(...)

President Barack Obama with his Game Golf aid at Vineyard Golf Club. Photograph: AP Photo/Steven Senne

Game Golf’s evolution from a wall of post- it notes in Galway to a device President Obama wears on his belt has taken John McGuire on an extraordinary(...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien in action against Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow, earlier this month in the sides’ Guinness Pro12 rugby clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien will see a specialist this week with regard to an ongoing shoulder problem, which, although officially little is being made of it, must (...)

 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(...)

The former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood is to be appointed chairman of the first Healthy Ireland Council at a function in Dublin Castle tomorrow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood is to be appointed chairman of the first Healthy Ireland Council at a function in Dublin Castle today. Oth(...)