Bertram Allen looks to have qualified for the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Getty

Horse Sport Ireland is awaiting official confirmation from the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) regarding participation of individual riders i(...)

Jonathan Sexton carries a heavy burden for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There was a sharp intake of breath on RTÉ’s morning sports bulletin when it became apparent that Shane Horgan was about to commit an unofficial act of(...)

Victor Costello of Leinster breaks the Milan defence during their European Cup game in  1996. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster are re-assembling their squad from the inaugural European Cup in 1995-96 for Saturday week’s return meeting with Toulon at the Aviva Stadium.(...)

Connacht video analyst Conor McPhillips videos scrum training on an iPad. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What was performance analysis like in Pat Lam’s playing days? “We’d probably just sit in the bar talking about the game,” the Connacht coach told an R(...)

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 (...)

Ireland supporters feel the strain during the World Cup Pool D game against Italy at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Well, aren’t we the neighbourly lot altogether? All this talk about the tournament losing its spark with England’s exit on Saturday night was hard to (...)

Robbie Henshaw during a gym session at  Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on Tuesday. The Connacht centre is in line to make his World Cup debut against Italy next Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney could conceivably play against Italy on Sunday but his glute strain is being managed with a view to a full recovery ahead of the French ga(...)

Rob Kearney scores Ireland’s fifth try during the Rugby World Cup match against Romania at Wembley Stadium in London. Photograph: David Davies/PA

There’s no point pussy-footing around this, or pussy-footing around the language: TV3’s World Cup panel needs a shit-stirrer. Don’t get me wrong. In m(...)

Canada’s flanker John Moonlight: “Ill met by Moonlight,” Barnes cracked. The guffaws from Conor McNamara and Liam Toland in the commentary box told us it was funny. So did Google, once we’d established that Barnes was referencing a 1950s Dirk Bogarde war movie from a non-fiction book by W Stanley Moss. You get a different level of badinage with the rugby lads.

Saturday lunchtime and the rugby World Cup is happening, people. Settle down at the back and start concentrating. And here’s news for you - if you (...)

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(...)