Mark Chisholm runs with the ball during the Wallabies Captain’s Run at ANZ Stadium in 2010 - he will join Munster subject to medical clearance and a work permit. Photograph: Mark Nolan/Getty Images

Munster Rugby have signed Australian second-row Mark Chisholm on a two-year contract, as they look to fill the void left by Paul O’Connell’s depart(...)

Members of  Irish Navy vessel LÉ Niamh rescue refugees in the ongoing humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean.

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh is due into the Sicilian port of Messina this morning with the bodies of 14 migrants, along with 453 people res(...)

A family is identified as they disembark from LÉ Niamh at the Palermo harbour in Sicily, Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Fucarini /AP Photo

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh has rescued another 358 people in the Mediterranean. The patrol ship picked up the migrants in a wooden barge a(...)

IToulon-bound Paul O’Connell in action at Ireland rugby squad training at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Paul O’Connell clarified that while his decision to sign for Toulon represents an exciting opportunity to pen a new chapter in his career, the Worl(...)

Seán O’Brien, Paul O’Connell and Rob Kearney wearing Ireland’s alternate World Cup jersey. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho 4:57

Paul O’Connell has confirmed that Ireland’s last game in the World Cup will be his final appearance for the national team ahead of joining three-time (...)

Ian Keatley has been left out of Ireland’s 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Notable absentees from Schmidt’s squad include Ian Kea(...)

South African flanker Duane Vermeulen shakes hands with  Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal   after signing a three-year contract with the Top 14 club. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Former Ireland forwards coach Gert Smal has launched a stern rebuke to Duane Vermeulen over the manner of his signing with French giants Toulon. The S(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Shane Horgan show their disappointment after the defeat by France at the 2007 World Cup. Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A legal practice and the Irish rugby team may have a lot in common but they probably don’t call him Shaggy in the London offices of Lee and Thompson L(...)

Toulon’s Bryan Habana scores a try against Leinster in the Champions Cup semi-final last season. The clubs will meet in the group stage this time out. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All roads lead to Lyon. The 60,000-capacity Grand Stade de Lyon has been announced as the venue for both the European Challenge Cup final on May 13th (...)

 Paul O’Connell has signed for Toulon, the Top 14 club have confirmed.

With the words of AP McCoy and Brian O’Driscoll ringing in his ears, Paul O’Connell has been confirmed a Toulon player until the summer of 2017. Fre(...)