Jared Payne taking part in the Irish squad’s training session at Carton House, Co. Kildare. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho 5:07

This is going to seem strangely unfamiliar alright. For the first time in a home Test since Ireland beat Italy at Lansdowne Road in April 1999, neithe(...)

Mick O’Driscoll claims a lineout for Munster against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in 2007. The Premiership club are hoping to attract bigger crowds to the Coventry venue. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Club or franchise. London Wasps will find out in December when they make the bold move from Adams Park to the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry. Drawing on Lo(...)

Brian O’Driscoll celebrates his hat-trick against France in 2000. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s hard to credit that this will be Brian O’Driscoll’s 14th Six Nations campaign – yes, 14th. Notable among the many qualities with which he has (...)

David Wallace massaged by Willie Bennett at the Ireland rugby training camp in 2001: “Nobody actually believes me that this actually happened. They think that I set it up, that I put on a tape or something and got them to pose for it. But genuinely I just happened to be in the room and it came on the television. It was a complete happy coincidence. They weren’t paying any attention to me, they were just working away. Willie was giving him a massage and there was different stuff on the TV. And then this shot came up and obviously when they saw it, they started laughing.”

The All Blacks were coming, coming. Tacking their merciless way down towards the Havelock Square end. Aside from the referee and the 15 Irish men tryi(...)

Two of the 787 Boeing Dreamliner jets were diverted back to their departure airports today after separate problems with the aircraft. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Japan Airlines, the world’s second-largest operator of Boeing Dreamliners, diverted two of the 787 jets back to their departure airports today after s(...)

Lions Test fullback Leigh Halfpenny appears to listen intently as outhalf Jonny Sexton speaks during the captain’s run out at  Churchie School in Brisbane. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How to put this into context? “This is our shot at forever,” ventured Paul O’Connell this week, which re-invoked the immortal words of forwards coa(...)