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(...)

Ireland’s Simon Geoghegan scores a try against England at Twickenham in 1994 Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Games Ireland won that they might have lost 1994: Ireland was beaten by France 35-15 and then Wales came to Dublin to add a second defeat, this time 1(...)

England captain Chris Robshaw: “He has unreal work rate. He goes about his business quietly. He is one of those fellas who doesn’t say much but he leads by example. That’s part of their culture and he is a good example of what they are trying to do and the person he is.”

Irish backrowers Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien see England captain Chris Robshaw as central to England’s hopes in Dublin.Since this year’s campaign (...)