Leinster captain Isa Nacewa suffered a calf strain in Leinster’s defeat in South Africa to the Cheetahs. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster have something of a midfield injury crisis heading into the first defining period of their season. Compounding the long-term absence of Garr(...)

Scott Baldwin came in for a ribbing from his coach after Friday’s 44-25 defeat.  Photograph: Scott Baldwin Twitter page

Wales hooker Scott Baldwin has apologised after being bitten on the hand while trying to pet a lion in South Africa, causing him to miss Ospreys’ defe(...)

Johann van Graan will take over as Munster’s new Director of Rugby. Photo: Getty Images

The Springboks’ assistant coach Johann van Graan will succeed Rassie Erasmus as the Munster Director of Rugby. The Irish Times has learned that van Gr(...)

Lord and Lady Lucan: John Bingham and Veronica Duncan after their marriage, in 1963. Photograph: Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty

The wife of Lord Lucan, the British aristocrat who vanished without trace 43 years ago after the murder of his children’s nanny, has been found dead, (...)

 A member of South Africa’s Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) waves a sign during a demonstration calling for the removal of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

Alliance partners of the African National Congress led more than a dozen mass protests across South Africa on Wednesday that called for an end to gove(...)

Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster:  “In terms of the Cheetahs game, we would have brought more physicality than we did bring.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

A reasonable demand by Scott Fardy; the governance of rugby union, 22 years after shedding its amateur cloak, needs to be more professional. Leinster(...)

Leo Varadkar with Dick Spring after Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid presentation. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish delegation had made their pitch for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and by all accounts, it had gone very well. So as they sat on the podium in a L(...)

’A new flexible route into chartered accounting is opening doors to many students who may have felt that this was not an option for them.’ Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Becoming a chartered accountant has long since involved a familiar route: graduate from college and enter a training programme with one of the big aud(...)

South Africa is having a resurgence in tourism traffic and starting to reappear on the honeymoon destinations list

Interest in, and traffic to, the African continent is steadily increasing from Ireland, particularly for business and honeymoons. Ethiopian Airways fl(...)

 Josh van der Flier wins his 50th cap for Leinster against the Cheetahs tonight. Photograph: Ryan Wilkisky/Inpho

 Cheetahs v Leinster, Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, 7pm Irish time (Sky Sports Action) This is the first of a somewhat curious double-header, wi(...)