The England team arrive at Twickenham for their match against Wales in the RBS Six Nations in March last year. Photograph: David Rogers/RFU/via Getty Images

Up from Richmond, along the river Thames and into Twickenham village, the George Cross flags and Rugby World Cup banners remind visiting fans of wh(...)

Rugby’s uncanny knack to organise a singalong brought a boozy, knees up atmosphere to Twickenham. With 82,000 fans breaking into ‘Sweet Caroline’ and (...)

New Leinster coach Leo Cullen at a press conference in UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Undoubtedly fast-tracked, Leo Cullen as head coach doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have known him longest. His formal appointment by Leinster (...)

 All Black captain Richie McCaw stars in a new Air Zealand inflight video based on the ‘Men in Black’ film. Photograph: Ross Land/Getty Images

Imagine paying the price of a car for a plane ticket to New York. Now you can: $32,000 is the price from Abu Dhabi in your personal suite on Etihad’s (...)

England’s 2011 World Cup campaign was unsuccessful both on and off the pitch. Photograph: Getty

After winning it in 2003 and making the final in 2007, the 2011 World Cup proved a bridge too far for England, who were sent packing in the quarter-fi(...)

The New Zealand All Blacks perform the Haka to South Africa’s Springboks before their Rugby Championship match at the Emirates Airline Park Stadium in Johannesburg. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters 5:06

New Zealand top the world rankings on the pitch but some of their players demonstrated that they’re pretty slick when it comes to making music vide(...)

So complete was the rift that opened up, that Bakels (above) has had to wait more than two decades before conducting in Dublin again

Dutch conductor Kees Bakels made his debut with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland last weekend. Bakels first appeared in Ireland, with the Ul(...)

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(...)

New breed: Simon Rattle works as readily with period-instrument players as with symphony orchestras. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/EPA

It seemed like a great idea for the Royal Irish Academy of Music to devise an event called Ten Thousand Miles Away and use it to explore “the special (...)

Rory Best during Ireland’s Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium two years ago, the last time they played Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho. 5:42

Stuart Lancaster resorted to playing the Welsh song Hymns and Arias at full volume on loudspeakers at the squad’s indoor training facility at Pennyhil(...)