Johnny Sexton was one of three Ireland players to suffer head injuries during the Autumn Internatonal against Australia. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/INPHO

Oireachtas report calls for taskforce to harmonise treatment of head injuries

A man sits on a deck over the Rio Carioca, in which scientists discovered a new bacteria, near Guanabara Bay, venue for  the Olympic sailing events in Rio 2016. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters.

More than half the water that flows into bay is sewage

A youthful Isaac Boss (right) attempts to tackle Mils Muliaina during a 2001 NPC match between Auckland and Waikato. Thirteen years on they meet again at the RDS. Photograph: Michael Bradley/Getty Images.

Leinster scrumhalf says All Black has enabled others to express themselves

Leinster’s Devin Toner in action against Harlequins: the lock admits the forwards didn’t show their ability in the game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Win against Harlequins keeps Europe alive but Devin Toner looks for better performances

Paddy Jackson: one of Ulster’s many missing men through injury, it is hoped the outhalf will be fit to play again by St Stephen’s Day. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

With interest in Europe dead, Neil Doak’s side have to tackle the Ospreys

 Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock nursing what turned out to be a broken arm   after the Champions Cup  win over Harlequins. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Flanker sustained injury in Champions Cup win over Harlequins in Dublin on Saturday

Andy Lee celebrates becoming WBO middleweight world champion after victory over Matt Korobov at the The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Photograph: INPHO/Raymond Spencer

Irish boxer defeated Russian Matt Korobov with a sixth round technical knock-out

Ulster’s Ian Humphreys charges through the Scarlets defence during the European Rugby Champions Cup at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

European Champions Cup survival on line for Neil Doak’s injury-ravaged side

Jimmy White still believes he can make an impact at the World Championships, depsite not having competed in the tournament since 2006. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Snooker legend is plotting to rekindle his glory days having put wild decades behind him

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