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 Iain Henderson (Ulster), Dean Budd (Bennetton Treviso), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Isa Nacewa (Leinster), CJ Velleman (Southern Kings), Mark Bennett (Edinburgh) and Cory Hill (Newport Gwent Dragons) at the launch of the Guinness PRO14 season at the Aviva. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

From a Pro14 press release: “It promises to be a sensational season . . . ” Guinness and Sky Sports certainly hope so. The good folk behind Europe’s (...)

I soon learned that it was far more important for me to run now that I was a mother, and to make time and space for it as a priority. Photograph: iStock

Question: I feel like I’ve got post-natal depression (PND) largely because I am unable to go running. There is nothing wrong with me physically, I’m f(...)

The grounds of Manoir la Croix de La Jugie.

Trying to steal a couple of minutes here and there to actually sit down and apply my Vaseline-filled baby brain to write this piece was a monumental (...)

CJ Stander and Jean Kleyn stand shoulder to shoulder with their Munster team-mates. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The clearest evidence of an ever-deepening crisis in South African rugby was Rassie Erasmus being allowed to escape a crumbling Springbok regime to co(...)

Beds wait for occupation from foreigner migrants affected by Xenophobic violence, which sparked off in the South Africa port city Durban almost three weeks ago, so far leaving nine people dead, and hundreds displaced, in Mayfair, Johannesburg. Photo: Kevin Sutherland/EPA.

South Africa deployed the army on Tuesday in “volatile areas” to curb a wave of anti-immigrant violence that has killed at least seven people this mon(...)

Ulster’s South-African born number 13, Jared Payne, who qualifies to play for Ireland under three-year residency rule. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Success has never been defined by the IRFU in a public way with regard to their project player scheme. But if strike rate in getting non-national play(...)

Thomas Müller scored scored five goals for Germany at the 2014 World Cup prior to the final against Argentina. Photograph: EPA.

On my first day at the 2014 World Cup I walk into the media centre under the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo. It’s early on the morning of Tuesday J(...)

Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica  has laid into Fifa verbally. Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica has called Fifa “a bunch of old sons of bitches” in another attack on football’s world governing body following Luis (...)

Riot police face protesters in Recife. “The cheerfulness of the police again belied their thuggish reputation.” Photograph: Reuters.

There were a couple of Swiss fans at the adjacent desk in the station of Recife’s Tourist Police. They were speaking in faltering English to a policew(...)

A woman takes a photo next to an advertisement featuring Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, mocking the biting incident against opponent Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup match against Italy, on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Getty Images

Last week in this space I was writing that Luis Suarez was the closest thing this generation of footballers has to Diego Maradona. This was after S(...)

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