Jordi Murphy would relish the chance to bury some of his boyhood backrow heroes at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

It’s more a challenge than a dilemma for Jordi Murphy to face the players he once looked up to when he was a teenager. More immediately to fight his w(...)

Stephen Ferris was arguably the most destructive flanker ever to play for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The cruelty of it all reverberates when realising Stephen Ferris only turned 30 this month. Probably the most destructive flanker to play for Irela(...)

Denis Hurley will miss the start of the season because of an ankle injury picked up in training last week. Photograph: Inpho

Tommy O’Donnell will discover the severity of his injury in the next couple of days when he visits a specialist to review his hip problem. O’Donnell w(...)

Ireland’s Chris Henry:   “Watch his early adoption of suitable body position as he puts himself into the ideal entry point over the ball.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:30

Kilkenny’s extraordinary methodology makes hurling a super team sport; so too Joe Schmidt’s rugby but for me it’s off shore sailing epitomised by t(...)

Pedro scored the winner for Barcelona in the Super Cup final just hours after it was announced he had asked to leave the club. Photograph: Getty
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Golf
  • August 12, 2015, 08:28

Harrington and Clarke back Lowry for Major The US PGA Championship begins at Whistling Strait tomorrow with Shane Lowry looking to pick up where he le(...)

Prop Dave Kilcoyne is in line to start Ireland’s second World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

The ongoing uncertainty surrounding a definitive return date for Cian Healy following neck surgery redirects the spotlight firmly onto Jack McGrath, w(...)

Tommy O’Donnell has been ruled out of the World Cup after dislocating his hip in Ireland’s warm-up win over Wales. Photograph: Inpho

The desperately unfortunate Tommy O’Donnell faces a long road back to the game and an uncertain future after an IRFU statement on Monday confirmed the(...)

Jamie Heaslip of Ireland charges upfield during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

So Pool D runners-up will be playing New Zealand on 17th October. Ahhh. But Pool D winners will have the reward of Argentina a day later. Neither Irel(...)

Ireland’s Tommy O’Donnell had his World Cup dreams shattered against Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The roof closed out the sunshine and in addition a cloud hung over Ireland’s otherwise encouraging start to their World Cup preparations in Saturda(...)

Ireland’s Felix Jones scores a try against Wales in the World Cup warm-up match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

For Felix Jones, the sight of Tommy O’Donnell laid out and being treated for four minutes, before being stretchered off as he clutched Dr Eanna Falvey(...)