Bath’s Peter Stringer scores a try against Leicester Tigers. Ireland’s fourth most capped player of all time is not yet interested in winding down his career. Photo: David Davies/PA

In analysing Irish rugby’s rejuvenation in the noughties, a key figure has to be Peter Stringer. Whereas the careers of Irish scrumhalves are not not(...)

Tim Howard reacts after Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne scored the opening goal in Salvador.

Beaten but unbowed, the USA exited the World Cup after losing to Belgium last night, their disappointment to be going home offset by optimism for the(...)

Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates scoring his team’s second goal past Portugal goalkeeper Beto during the World Cup Group G game  at Arena Amazonia  in Manaus. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images

Portugal 2 USA 2 Silvestre Varela broke American hearts with a goal in the dying seconds, just as Jürgen Klinsmann’s team were preparing to celebrate(...)

Connacht’s Brett Wilkinson has retired from the game. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Connacht Rugby has been shocked by the sudden retirement of long-serving prop Brett Wilkinson. The popular 30-year-old has been forced to ret(...)

Munster forwards coach Anthony Foley: “I always feel that your unconscious mind should be your guide out on the pitch.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The plan was evidently to have Anthony Foley promoted as Rob Penney’s successor as head coach from the 2015-16 season onwards but Munster are c(...)

Former Ulster coach Alan Solomons will take over at Edinburgh  next month. Photograph:  Michael Sheehan/Getty Images

Edinburgh have appointed former Ulster coach South African Alan Solomons as their new head coach, the club have confirmed.The Springboks’ former assis(...)

Declan Kidney’s five-year reign as Ireland manager has ended. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) today announced that it will not be offering a new contract to Declan Kidney after his current agreement (...)