Jack Kyle with captain Brian O’Driscoll after Ireland beat Wales in Cardiff to win their second Grand Slam in 2009, 61 years after the first was inspired by the Belfast man. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jack Kyle was the very best, the loveliest of players and the loveliest of men – Cliff Morgan Justine McGrath recounts a story from her childho(...)

Jack Kyle congratulates Brian O’Driscoll after Ireland’s second Grand Slam in 2009. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland has lost one of its all-time sporting legends with the death of Jack Kyle. Out-half on the Grand Slam-winning Irish rugby team of 1948, the(...)

Ulster’s Stuart Olding makes a break during the province’s Pro12 draw with Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets, Wales, last Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

There were no more pleasing sights on the opening weekend of the Guinness Pro 12 than that of Stuart Olding gliding and stepping and carving his way t(...)

As a labour correspondent, and deputy editor of both the Guardian and the Observer, John Cole, who has died aged 85, was one of the leading print jour(...)