Seán Cronin and Rob Kearney raise their arms in truumph as Leinster overcome Clermont 19-15 in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If there has been one outstanding high point in Leinster’s storied European Cup history, it is probably their epic semi-final win over Clermont in Bor(...)

The three Mescalleros: Brent Pope, Tom McGurk and George Hook.

“In the beginning the IRFU had a heart attack. How dare we talk about rugby like this,” said Tom McGurk of the sharp shooting RTÉ rugby panel of Georg(...)

Instead of Stetsons, there are flip-flops, shorts, hoodies, headphones and sunglasses: players at the Full Tilt Poker Festival in Galway this week. Players pay €1,100 to take on some of the world’s top professionals. The tournament runs until Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Even among the tables at the Full Tilt Poker Village, Gus Hansen is free to mingle in relative anonymity. “I’m not a tournament player per se,” he exp(...)

Jonathan Sexton in action during Ireland training at Carton House. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

More than a little battered and careworn, and with a dozen or so full internationals sidelined, Ireland unveil their final sel(...)