Connacht head coach Pat Lam is targeting success in the Challenge Cup as a route into the European Champions Cup. Photograph: Kevin Barnes/Inpho

There are a variety of spellings but the one that appears to make the most sense is Yenisei-STM Krasnoyarsk to give them their full title. That’s the(...)

Pauric Mahony: Waterford will have to do without one of the game’s top free-takers when they take on Cork in the Munster senior hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When the news filtered out of Pauric Mahony’s atrocious injury a few weeks back, it changed tomorrow’s terms of engagement at a stroke. For all that w(...)

Tomás Quinlan celebrates with team-mates after Ireland defeat Argentina in their Pool C game at the World Under-20 Championships in Parma, Italy, on Tuesday. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho.

The thin line between success and heartbreak was neatly encapsulated by Ireland debutant Tomás Quinlan when he landed the winning penalty to snatch a(...)

Ian Keatley winning his 100th Munster cap against the Dragons last week . Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Fittingly, Ian Keatley looks out on an empty Thomond Park from a corporate box with the number ‘10’ on its door. Four days away from today’s semi-fina(...)

Connacht’s head coach Pat Lam must now prepare his side for a trip to Gloucester. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster’s season is over but for Munster, Ulster and Connacht, season-defining games await. Ulster will be restored to something like full-strength f(...)

Kerry’s David Moran in action for Kerry against Donegal last summer. Photo: Inpho

There is something strangely illicit about meeting the Kerry footballer on Cork territory. The men most wanted by border control. The enemy let slip t(...)

Clermont’s Nick Abendanon has been named European Player of the Year. Photograph: Inpho

Clermont Auvergne full back Nick Abendanon has been named the European Player of the Year 2015.28-year-old Abendanon was one of the standout performer(...)

A teenage Gordon D’Arcy at Ireland squad training in 1998. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Inpho

First sight of Gordon D’Arcy was on his knees in the background. The snapshot from March 1995 is of Geordan Murphy, his predecessor in the art of evas(...)

Gordon D’Arcy’s announcement does not rule out the possibility of  a World Cup farewell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been one of the stellar Irish rugby careers, for sure, and when the end of October comes and Gordon D’Arcy heads into the sunset he can do so (...)

Paul O’Connell battling for possession during his final outing for Munster in the PRO12 final defeat to Glasgow at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With Paul O’Connell riding off into Cote d’Azur sunset a year on from Ronan O’Gara retiring to Paris, things may never quite seem the same again, but (...)