South African flanker Francois Louw believes emergence of such English talent as George Ford and Jonathan Joseph bodes well for Somerset club. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Francois Louw, the Springbok flanker, sounds like a man who lives in the moment, his focus not on some other week or other place but very much this w(...)

The IRFU’s Dan Downey sets up the GPS units on the Aviva Stadium’s pitch ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations game against France in February. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not so long ago a fag and orange segment was seen as restorative at half-time, an extra lap until you drop a good thing, a sign of heart. But in recen(...)

Luke Fitzgerald, by virtue of his different technique, is in a better place to dominate the tackle, making life much easier for the support runner. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The last time Tiger Woods topped the US PGA by season’s end was in 2013. In the 60 rounds he played he took 4,193 shots and in doing so won $8,553,439(...)

Paul O’Connell making another of those unglamorous carries that are the hallmark of his unselfishness and work ethic. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Joe Schmidt said on Saturday that Paul O’Connell had taken the week by the scruff of the neck, I wasn’t surprised at all. I couldn’t help smiling(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley with Paul O’Connell:  “I know he’s contracted up to the end of next season so that’s the way I view it.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Munster coach Anthony Foley says he has not discussed with Paul O’Connell whether the Irish captain will continue playing international rugby beyond (...)

Ireland players line up for the anthems ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland - Six have been selected for our Six Nations team of the tournament. Photograph: Ian  MacNicol/Getty Images 9:27

15 Rob Kearney (Ireland):Leigh Halfpenny’s goal-kicking could give him the nod again. Stuart Hogg was electric and carried for 100 more metres. But Ke(...)

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Finn Russell of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A total of 221 points and 27 tries in three matches on one day; how do you like them apples Steve Hansen? The best laid plans rarely survive the first(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell holds up the Six  Nations trophy alongside his team-mates. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:52

Entrepreneurs are masters of assessing the risk and reward equation. What will I gain for what I am being asked to risk? On Saturday, the reward for t(...)

Jonathan Sexton celebrates with Jared Payne after the Ulster back scored his first try for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:49

The Sydney Morning Herald website chose not to put their own twist on the headline of the syndicated copy from England’s Daily Telegraph, that summed(...)

Paul O’Connell makes a flying tackle on Scotland’s Stuart Hogg. It almost goes without saying that the captain was immense leading from the front in his inimitable. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 9:27

The mind, and specifically the mindset of a team, is a curious thing indeed. It is extremely hard to imagine Ireland would have played with such posit(...)