Jonathan Sexton carries a heavy burden for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There was a sharp intake of breath on RTÉ’s morning sports bulletin when it became apparent that Shane Horgan was about to commit an unofficial act of(...)

Gordon D’Arcy and Aoife Cogan at the Ireland Funds Annual Fundraiser in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, where the former Irish Rugby International was honoured. Photograph: Collins

For the first time in 16 seasons Gordon D’Arcy will not be involved in the Six Nations rugby championship this weekend. Instead, he was honoured yest(...)

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea has announced he will leave the London club at the end of the current English Premiership season. Photograph: Clive Gee/PA

Conor O’Shea remains coy about where his rugby future lies but has not ruled out a move to coach Italy after recent talks with Italian officials. T(...)

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has made three changes to his side to play Stade Francais at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

A curious quirk of the ill-judged fixture planning for the penultimate round of pool games in the two European competitions is that all four Irish sid(...)

Simon Zebo may be the next Munster player to go and ply his trade elsewhere. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

According to the IRFU’s High Performance Director, David Nucifora, the Irish provinces are not under-performing. In his pre-Christmas briefing at the (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “What the hell do you people want?” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

1“You know, I’ve been very busy climbing to the top of this greasy IAAF pole. But now I’m here, I’m going to shed this Tory politico disguise, cut do(...)

“I can’t really separate myself from this job. I can’t separate myself from Munster because it’s been 21 years nearly now,” says Anthony Foley. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Virtually since birth, Munster have been in Anthony Foley’s blood, whether as a boy being taken into the rarified confines of the Thomond Park home dr(...)

Ronan O’Gara of Munster kicks the winning penalty during the Heineken Cup Match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on October 22nd, 2006, in Leicester. Photograph: Getty Images

A curious anomaly of European matches between the Leicester Tigers and Munster is that the home side has yet to be victorious. Leaving aside the Tig(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley will remain at the province until the end of the 2016-17 season at least. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In a striking statement of faith in their head coach at a time of difficulty after three defeats in a row, including a damaging loss to Leicester in t(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley: “It’s all our doing. “That’s the hardest part to it.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There are ghosts all around Thomond Park. Late into Saturday’s icy cold night the spectre of Ronan O’Gara loomed largest over this once impenetrable (...)