Winning line-up: Richie McCaw and the New Zealand squad with the Rugby World Cup trophy in 2011. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport/Inpho

TV3 has secured the rights to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Only TV3 appears pleased by this. Judging by the reaction, many rugby fans couldn’t hav(...)

Munster coach Rob Penney oversees training at University of Limerick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster are clearly not suffering any hangover from the dismal 22-5 home defeat to Glasgow Warriors ahead of two (...)

Ulster will decide today whether to appeal the two-week suspension Jared Payne received for the “reckless act” that injured Al(...)

Ulster’sTommy Bowe: “Everybody told me with your groin you can come back and hurt it and then you’re out for the season. But I knew there was still a huge amount of the current season and obviously it’s now Saracens.” Photograph: Inpho

JOHNNY WATTERSON Tommy Bowe. People love for what he’s not. He’s not fire and ice, a sm(...)

The Ireland team celebrate after collecting the Six  Nations Championship title at  Stade de France, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It was kind of our “that’s one small step for man” moment: “Forward pass mate? I’ve got it.” Only Saturday’s words were way more conseque(...)

Irish fans Niall Ennis, Patrick Berkery and Niall Martin from Dublin in Paris ahead of the Ireland-France Six Nations match. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s Paris in the springtime, a concept that used to inspire joy in young lovers and fear in visiting rugby teams. But just as French rugby has(...)

Brian O’Driscoll scores a try against Scotland in 2002.

You’ve never spoken to him. In fact, you’ve even met him but still, you’ve known him for so long that it feels as though he is part of the furn(...)

By the skin of his teeth: Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy with Eurosong hopeful Laura O’Neill and her mentor, Billy McGuinness of Aslan. Photograph: Collins

We know RTÉ has a press department whose job it is to send out good news, teasers, promises of greatness to come, but right now it must feel as(...)

Brian O’Driscoll is facing into the last two games of his stellar Test career. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Right now the 2015 World Cup can wait. A tilt at the title beckons and, besides, winning a Six Nations championship, or two, would be an eminen(...)

Actor Brendan Gleeson signs autographs at the ‘Calvary’ premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this month. Photograph: Getty

John Butler’s comedy The Stag and John Michael McDonagh’s state-of-the-nation piece Calvary have topped the charts in the nominations for the upcom(...)

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