Luke Fitzgerald: “I find it pretty hard to say that I’m lucky to be here ... I’ve worked very hard.” Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

There’s Luke Fitzgerald then and there’s Luke Fitzgerald now. The pre-seasons and seasons have changed him. The tough selections have changed him. Inj(...)

“Children who went through Quebec’s child-care system were more likely to commit a crime, have poor health and experience lower levels of life satisfaction.”

Childcare is one of the biggest worries faced by parents working outside the home. They worry about the cost, they worry about the quality, and they w(...)

Matthias Müller, the new chief executive of Volkswagen AG, promised to make VW “an even stronger company”. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Switzerland has banned sales of Volkswagen Group cars with outdated emissions systems in the wake of the test-rigging scandal. Thomas Rohrbach, spokes(...)

Trainer Jessica Harrington has Elegant Statesman running at Navan on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer.

The former Champion Hurdle winner Jezki faces a season on the injury sidelines but trainer Jessica Harrington could still be on her international trav(...)

All lockdowns were lifted after the suspect was taken into custody. Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

A 57-year-old man is in custody after three people were killed in Ontario, Canada on Tuesday. Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) offered few details abou(...)

Undated file photos of abducted tourists Kjartan Sekkingstad (l), a Norwegian national, John Ridsdel (centre photos) of Canada and Robert Hall. Photograph: Armed Forces of the Philippines/Reuters 0:54

Two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian resort manager and a Filipino woman have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a popular resort island in t(...)

Ian Madigan: “It was very satisfying to see the stuff we have been working on over the last three of four weeks come to fruition.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ian Madigan watched from the bench as Johnny Sexton’s effervescence allowed Ireland’s backs to sparkle and fizz during the 50-7 victory over Canada a(...)

 A Canada and Ireland fan enjoy the atmosphere during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Canada at the Millennium Stadium on in Cardiff on Saturday. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

The stadium roof stayed on throughout the game, but on a glorious Autumn day in Cardiff, not even a roof could darken the mood of Irish rugby supporte(...)

Canada’s flanker John Moonlight: “Ill met by Moonlight,” Barnes cracked. The guffaws from Conor McNamara and Liam Toland in the commentary box told us it was funny. So did Google, once we’d established that Barnes was referencing a 1950s Dirk Bogarde war movie from a non-fiction book by W Stanley Moss. You get a different level of badinage with the rugby lads.

Saturday lunchtime and the rugby World Cup is happening, people. Settle down at the back and start concentrating. And here’s news for you - if you (...)

‘Crouch, touch, pause and set”. To those who know, no explanation is needed. TV viewers who don’t recognise the words – the referee’s order to 16 rugb(...)