The late Jerry Collins in action for New Zealand during the 2007 World Cup. Photograph: William West/Getty Images

Two major stories from the world of sport dominated the headlines all day yesterday. One was genuinely tragic. The other was merely sad – in the small(...)

“Iain Henderson went off his feet but I think it would be harsh to say he launched himself at Ronan O’Mahony.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Iain Henderson paid a very high price on Saturday against Munster. I’m not saying Nigel Owens was wrong to send him off but the reality is that if eve(...)

Mike Ford:  Circuitous Rugby League career took him, by chance, to Ireland in January 2002. Photograph: Getty Images

Russell Crowe wasn’t momentarily speechless collecting an Oscar for Gladiator. Nor did the cinematic hard man well up after the South Sydney Rabbitohs(...)

Sonny Bill Williams may line out for Counties Manukau this weekend. Photograph: Inpho

Dual international Sonny Bill Williams could make his return to New Zealand rugby as early as this weekend with provincial team Counties Manukau roll(...)

Ireland’s Luke Fitzgerald tackles Mils Muliaina of New Zealand during the Autumn International in 2008. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Even Mils Muliaina was blown away by New Zealand’s destruction of the Wallabies in Auckland a fortnight ago, and how the man who replaced him, Israel (...)

Captain Richie McCaw with team-mates at a New Zealand training session ahead of their Bledisloe Cup match against Australia on Saturday in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

At 8.05pm local time in Sydney, or 11.05am Irish time on Saturday morning, New Zealand will attempt to establish the longest winning sequence in the (...)

England outhalves past and present will meet in form of Saracens’ Owen Farrell, left, and Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon when the two clubs meet in this afternoon’s Heineken cup final in Cardiff. 
Photographs: David Rogers/Getty Images

So this is it then. The last Heineken Cup final does not so much look like a fitting summation of the last 19 years as a foretaste of the new order. T(...)

Gordon D’Arcy is greatly underestimated in Irish rugby. It is only when he is absent that people see his real value. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Approaching the summit of Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary, the great New Zealand mountaineer, famously confronted a staggering challenge. An impassable (...)

Pat Lam had only just settled into life in Galway when he bumped into a few Samoans around town. He hadn’t expected to find any compatriots other than(...)

Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll  eyes up the New Zealand All Black haka before  the ill-fated first Test match in Christchurch in  2005.

New Zealand 21Lions 3at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchJune 25th, 2005Bad and all as losing him within a minute of the kick-off was, the real psychological(...)