Ireland Rugby Captain’s Run at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The prime time weekend slot, and 6,000 French fans amongst a capacity crowd with Ireland seeking a ninth win in a row and seventh at the Aviva Stadium(...)

 Nigel Pearson, manager of Leicester City exchanges words with James McArthur of Crystal Palace   at the King Power Stadium. Photograph:   Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Leicester have denied manager Nigel Pearson has been sacked by the club. Pearson led the Foxes to the Championship title last season, but his team hav(...)

  Jérôme Garcès, who sent off Jared Payne in last year’s Heineken Cup, will referee Ireland’s match with Scotland. Photograph: Darren Kidd/INPHO/Presseye

“Not rolling away”, “off his feet”, “in from the side”, “crooked-in”, “forward”, “not releasing”, “dropping his bind” and “boring in”, represent a tin(...)

Steve Walsh will take charge of Ireland’s Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Ireland’s 2015 Six Nations Championship matches will be refereed by a couple of Frenchmen, an Englishman, a South African and a New Zealander, who re(...)

Israel Folau training with Wallabies in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

These are exciting times. Back-to-back wins against two of the Southern Hemisphere big three happen about as regularly as Roy Keane avoids a press (...)

The ERC press release accompanying the decision to suspend Jared Payne for the tackle against Alex Goode of Saracens that resulted in the Ulster fullback’s red card came with the wording that Payne  had been red-carded for “an alleged dangerous charge (sic)”, rather than tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling. This was, effectively, a new one. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Here’s a question. Supposing Jared Payne and Alex Goode made the exact same runs as when they collided last Saturday week in Ravenhill, which r(...)

Referee Nigel Owens looks on during a TMO decision in the second half of the Ireland v New Zealand clash that ruled out an Israel Dagg try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

If you wanted an example of a real farce, you’d have found one on your television last Saturday as Ulster were playing Zebre away. And no, I’m not tal(...)

Referee Steve Walsh gives George Pisi a yellow card in the 39th minute of Saturday’s game against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Samoa centre George Pisi has been cited over his tip tackle on Tommy Bowe during last Saturday’s international against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.Th(...)

Seán O’Brien scores Ireland’s second try against Samoa at the Aviva on Saturday in what was yet another powerhouse performance from the openside flanker. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán O’Brien is about the best forward in the northern hemisphere and is certainly the best forward we have at the breakdown. His technique in this ar(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll  and Devin Toner congratulate new Ireland team-mate Jack McGrath on a good performance in a scrum against Samoa. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho.

Flashes of entertainment came in many guises Saturday night. But they were all too brief. Besides witnessing a paper air plane that glided from the t(...)