Limerick’s Gary Kirby during the 1994 All-Ireland SHC final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Selected XV will be paraded in Croke Park at half-time of Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC final

Jack McCaffrey is denied a goal by Galway’s Sean Kelly during the semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Busy newly-qualified doctor still enjoying the big occasions at Croke Park with Dublin

 Former Galway hurler David Collins at the launch of the Fexco 23rd Asian Gaelic Games  at Croke Park. Photograph.  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Former Galway stalwart David Collins says the travel is unsustainable

Galway manager Kevin Walsh and Dublin manager Jim Gavin  shake hands after the  All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park on Saturday.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Challenge is now to catch up with Jim Gavin’s side, says Galway manager Kevin Walsh

Tyrone’s Niall Sludden scores the only goal of the match. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Can this approach stop Dublin’s march to four All-Ireland titles in a row next month?

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey gets to the bounce of the ball ahead of Galway’s Johnny Heaney during  the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side pulls away in the second half as squad’s strength in depth shows itself again

Joe Tomane (centre) with Rhys Ruddock and Dan Leavy at the launch of the new Leinster home and alternate jersey at Life Style Sports, Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Versatile talent targeted a spot with Cullen’s side when his Montpellier dream faded

 Ryan O’Dwyer, Bill O’Carroll, Fergal Whitely and Niall Corcoran, with U- 10 Kilmacud Crokes hurlers Michael Lyng, left, and Cian Manning at the launch of the The Beacon Hospital/Kilmacud Crokes  All-Ireland Hurling Sevens at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Former Tipperary captain and Kilmacud mentor rules himself out of contention

Rory Beggan at Pearse Stadium: “We’re going in for the win – we’re not just happy to be going into a semi-final.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Goalkeeper believes team have every reason to be confident heading to Croke Park

Monaghan fans celebrate reaching the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ryan McAnespie stood tallest with 0-4 from play as Monaghan top their Super 8s group

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice celebrates his side’s late goal against Monaghan which preserved their hopes in this year’s championship. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Draw would be enough for Galway and Monaghan to advance at Kerry’s expense

Tipperary selectors’ Declan Fanning, Conor Stakelum, manager Michael Ryan and selector John Madden have all stepped down from their positions. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Entire management team have left their positions following a disappointing year

Dublin’s Sinéad Aherne: “During the league we had double headers [with men’s fixtures] so to bring them into championship would bring it to the next level.”   Photograph: Laszlo Geczp/Inpho

All-Ireland win eased pain of past failures but Dublin razor-keen to be the best they can be

Tipperary hurler Noel McGrath and Monaghan ladies footballer Sharon Courtney at the launch of the GAA and HSE’s  campaign at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Involvement of country’s biggest sporting organisation welcomed by HSE

Noel McGrath: “Every team is fit enough to play the 90 minutes but in my own opinion the replay would be the preferred option.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Tipperary star convinced that a replay is a better solution for all concerned

Limerick’s Declan Hannon and Pat Horgan of Cork during the All-Ireland SHC  semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager John Kiely intends to keep his players focused over the next three weeks

Clare county board chairman Joe Cooney has responded to GAA’s ticketing decision

Limerick manager John Kiely is congratulated by Cork’s John Meyler after the game. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

John Kiely and Shane Dowling plead for space to allow players focus on final task

Shane Dowling celebrates Limerick’s extra-time win over Cork in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Kiely’s side reel in their great rivals and roar clear in extra-time in Croke Park rain

Kerry’s David Clifford celebrates scoring the dramatic late equalising goal against Monaghan in Clones. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Memories of Maurice Fitzgerald in his pomp were evoked by the youngster in Clones

 Roscommon manager Kevin McStay remonstrates with an official during the Super 8s match against Donegal at Hyde Park. Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images

CCCC expected to examine altercation during Roscommon’s defeat to Donegal

Éamonn Fitzmaurice reacts to Kerry’s  late goal in their  All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final match against Monaghan, at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, Co Monaghan. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

David Clifford’s wonder goal keeps the Kingdom in the championship, for now

“It’s a physical game,” says  Kilkenny manager Brian Cody with trademark flat realism. “Above all else it is a game of skill.”

Entertaining three-part series on RTÉ begins on Monday, July 30th

Kerry’s Micheál Burns and Johnny Heaney, Cathal Sweeney and Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh of Galway at last Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With Kerry still smarting from defeat by Galway, this could be Monaghan’s chance

Peter Leahy addresses the Mayo team in Clones for the game against Cavan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mediation talks underway involving the disgruntled players and team management

Tempers flare between Tyrone and Dublin at Healy Park, Omagh in February. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Mickey Harte will have to make some tactical changes to stop another sacking of Omagh

Ireland’s CJ Stander makes one of his 15 carries in Sydney. Photograph: Getty Images

Gavin Cummiskey looks at the key calls, moments and incidents from Ireland’s win in Sydney

 Costa Rica’s Giancarlo Gonzalez ’fouls’  Neymar leading to a non-penalty award from VAR. Photograph: Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

RTE pundits at odds over the merits of VAR after Neymar’s non-penalty

Carlos Queiroz before his side’s World Cup 2018 Group B match against Spain. Roy Keane reveals his trues feelings for the Iran’s coach. Photograph:EPA

Killer Kilbane shows up Matthew Upson, a poor man’s Alan Hansen

Greg McWilliams: “AJ was just class, his game management superb, kicked the ball really well and had a great assist for Hanco’s try.”

AJ MacGinty, John Quill, Paul Mullen and Dylan Fawsitt all involved in USA squad

Ireland’s Andrew Conway scores his side’s first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony out-Pococks Pocock as Ireland win in Australia for first time since 1979

France’s Daniel Brennan could still play for Ireland. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

‘Obviously I have my little Irish side but playing for France has always been clear’

Dan Leavy will be tasked with taking on a formidable Australian back row. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt set to make eight changes for second test

Ireland’s James Ryan has lost his first game for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joey Carbery is not ready. And so it’s back to Johnny Sexton to salvage the series

Paddy Jackson has signed for Top14 side Perpignan after he had his Ulster contract revoked. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Province are bereft of outhalves while Leinster and Munster have an abundance

Former Ireland players Sophie Spence and Fiona Coghlan have spoken out about the IRFU’s rejection of a women’s Test series in Australia. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘It’s hugely disappointing, to progress you’ve got to play as many test matches as possible’

Ireland women’s team were turned down the chance of a Test series in Australia despite offer to cover costs. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Australian Women’s Rugby proposed the fixtures and offered to cover accommodation

Joey Carbery is set to start at outhalf for Ireland in their first Test against Australia. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt expected to make six changes from side that beat England at Twickenham

Leinster’s Joey Carbery: “Obviously playing in one position the whole time would make me better in that position.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland coach expected to emphasise that he needs to be playing regularly at 10

Bernard Foley at number 10 is a certainty for Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Michael Cheika will announce his squad this morning for three summer Tests

Leinster’s James Lowe on his way to scoring a scry in the Pro14 final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey selects his best 15 players in blue and there’s no place for Scott Fardy

Joey Carbery must decide if he will remain at Leinster. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Lancaster at odds with Schmidt and O’Driscoll over what’s best for Leinster youngster

Isa Nacewa lifts the Pro14 trophy at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: PA

Kiwi suggests he may remain with Leinster in another capacity after Pro14 final triumph

Jonathan Sexton celebrates with James Lowe after the New Zealander went over for a try in Leinster’s victory over the Scarlets in the Guinness Pro 14 final at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sexton puts on another masterclass; Toner shunted over; Larmour does a Campese

Isa Nacewa is set to play his final game of professional rugby in the Pro 14 final against the Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Patrick O’Connor/Inpho

35-year-old set to play in Saturday’s decider; Rob Kearney, Sexton and Leavy also return

Philip Browne: IRFU seeking to create “a strong link between the club game and pro game in a complimentary season structure”.

Clubs opposed to any move towards a semi-professional league from from 2019/20.

Ireland’s  tour to Australia offers  John Cooney  a chance to become a a significant player. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Three-Test tour of Australia offers a perfect dry run for Japan next year

Joey Carbery: Joe Schmidt is keen for him to be a starting outhalf in the Champions Cup next season as the World Cup looms. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster still seeking permission to sign an established international outhalf

Joey Carbery: It’s likely that Sexton, Carbery and Byrne are the touring outhalves in Australia next month and come the World Cup, but Schmidt needs Carbery to be wearing the 10 jersey in 2018/19.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster, Ulster and Leinster all want Joey Carbery, but Ireland’s need supersedes all

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa is cheered off the pitch by team-mates after victory in the Pro14 semi-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Winger who starred in victory over Munster could follow in footsteps of fellow New Zealander

Leinster’s Max Deegan and team-mates celebrate winning a penalty in the final moments of the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final against Munster at the  RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

‘If we had gone and scored it would have been a momentum changer’

Mick Galwey squares up to Victor Costello during the 2001 Celtic League final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Matches between the provinces never short of an edge but the tribes have amalgamated

Joey Carbery is set to start at 15 for Lenister against Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ross Byrne to replace Johnny Sexton while James Lowe returns for Pro 14 semi-final

Tadhg Furlong:  his  soaring market value forced the IRFU to offer a significant pay increase, to €500,000 a year while still way short of the figures an international tighthead prop commands in the English Premiership or French Top 14.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Pay increase from IRFU comes as French clubs seek Irish props post 2019 World Cup

Leinster celebrate with the European Champions Cup. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

From a new experience in the Basque country to Leinster v the IRFU and more

Leinster’s James Ryan wins the lineout from Racing 92’s Donnacha Ryan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Team-mates laud Leinster lock’s ‘jaw-dropping’ rise after he stars in European final

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock, Luke McGrath and Fergus McFadden celebrate with the  Champions Cup trophy after beating Racing 92 at San Mames Stadium, Bilbao, Spain. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster will ‘push on for higher honours’ after fourth Champions Cup win

Leo Cullen and John Fogarty celebrate Leinster’s win over Racing 92. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Racing coach Laurent Labit: ‘Well, he has the Irish team so we are just a poor man’s team’

 James Ryan and Jonathan Sexton celebrate the win at the final whistle. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey assesses the Leinster performances after their tense win in Bilbao

Dan Carter of Racing 92 is tackled by Simon Zebo of Munster during a   Champions Cup Round Two match  at Thomond Park in October. Photograph:  Getty Images

All Black player of his generation is ending his top-class career as a substitute for Racing

 Donnacha Ryan: “It’s important that I bring the intensity, which is the easiest part of being a rugby player – you love playing. As a job it is fantastic.” Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

‘He brings a very high level with a lot of intensity and precision,’ says Laurent Travers

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen during a press conference in Bilbao. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

Leinster head coach: ‘It is very much a clash of styles about how you assemble a squad’

Leinster  senior coach Stuart Lancaster: “With Leinster I was lucky in that I came into a team that has a strong culture and a very strong identity because 90% of the players are born in Leinster.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Leinster senior coach in his first major club role but his second coming has begun

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour (left) will start in Bilbao with  James Lowe  (right) missing out. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jamison Gibson-Park and Rory O’Loughlin expected to be named in matchday squad

 Leinster’s Luke McGrath:  he  must prove the ankle damage sustained against  Saracens  has healed sufficiently.  Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

McGrath must hit ‘fitness markers’ if he is to direct Leinster against Racing in Champions Cup

Lansdowne celebrate AIL victory over Cork Constitution. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

23-year-old prop delivers fine performance to dethrone Cork Constitution at the Aviva

Cork Constitution’s Niall Kenneally with Lansdowne’s Ian Prendiville at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Sunday’s final. Photograph: Inpho

For some it's a stepping stone to pro rugby, for others it’s an overdue reward for a punishing year

Ulster’s John Cooney in action against Ospreys. The 28-year-old claims  four statistical accolades as the league’s top points scorer (160), most try assists (10), most penalties (30) and  the most passes (1410). Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster scrumhalf proved a revelation in the Pro14 and tops four different categories

 New Zealand’s TJ Perenara and Rob Kearney of Ireland clash at the Aviva Stadium in 2016. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

IRFU has increased prices across the board for All Blacks test in November

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip at the Aviva Stadium. The IRFU  has indicated that category 1 tickets for the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 17th will be €100-plus. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Chief executive Steve Brown says top-range price in line with other major events

Ulster head coach addressing the press conference at Newforge Country Club, Belfast on April 2nd. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster Rugby maintaining the ban on news journalists attending press conferences

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa will retire at the end of the season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand’s loss was Leinster’s gain after his mistake of going to the 2003 World Cup

Leinster’s James Ryan knocks over Rob Evans of Scarlets as Devin Toner, Jamison Gibson-Park and Dan Leavy arrive in support at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘What he delivered out there was incredible’ said Leinster’s coach

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton celebrates scoring a try in the Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cullen, Sexton and Kearney all on message as Champions Cup glory looms

Leinster’s Scott Fardy dives for the line to score a try during the Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Gavin Cummiskey hands out some big numbers after a stunning performance

Johnny Sexton with team-mates during the Leinster  captain’s run at the  Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

New Leinster captain admits his emotions can run high in the heat of battle

Scarlets forward Tadhg Beirne  makes his way to the field prior to the Pro14 match against Leinster  at the RDS Arena in Dublin in February 2018. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Scarlets forward will be a targeted man in semi-final against Leinster, says Dan Leavy

 Sean O’Brien carries water during Tullow RFC’s Provincial Towns Cup semi-final match this week. Photograph: Sportsfile

The Ireland and Leinster flanker has had his season torn apart by injury since Lions tour

Racing 92 supporters cheer during the  Champions Cup final against  Saracens at the Stade de Lyon in  May, 2016. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Paris club’s latest reincarnation has not been all plain sailing

Bundee Aki: returns to the Connacht line-up for the visit to Glasgow Warriors. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Forgettable season meandering to a halt for Kieran Keane’s squad

Tadhg Furlong: in the Leinster line-up to face Zebre at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brendan Mullin’s son Gavin on the bench for Leo Cullen’s side in Pro14 encounter

CJ Stander arrives for the Munster Rugby Captain’s Run at Outeniqua Park on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Fully stocked Munster squad arrive at Outeniqua Park, but Simon Zebo will not play

Allen Clarke: “We know that Connacht are a good team, well-prepared and with threats all over the park.” Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Connacht facing a tough test against a side that recently claimed Leinster’s scalp

Jono Gibbs: will be heading home to Waikato at the end of thecurrent campaign. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Edinburgh seeking to secure quarter-final playoff spot with a victory at Murrayfield

J Stander training with Munster at the City Park Stadium, Cape Town. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Similar relentlessness evident in Six Nations and Champions Cup from Ryan and Leavy

Dan Leavy and James Lowe  celebrate at the final whistle after Leinster’s win over Saracens in the Champions Cup semi-finals at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Battle for Leinster backrow places for Scarlets semi-final will be intense

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong tackle  Saracens’ Owen Farrell during the  Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Outhalf had to roll with the cheap shots before decisive third quarter

Leo Cullen: “I didn’t know we were favourites. I am surprised  because I would have thought Saracens were favourites because they have won the tournament the past two years.”  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Formidable Saracens will miss Billy Vunipola but still represent a huge threat

Jamie Heaslip lifts the Heineken Cup after the win over Leicester at Murrayfield in May 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former number eight played in all of Leinster’s quarter-finals up until last year

 Scott Fardy will wear the number six jersey on Sunday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Seán O’Brien fails a late fitness test; Owen Farrell returns for defending champions

Richard Wigglesworth:  “Obviously the Irish boys have a good thing going, as they proved in the last few weeks.” Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Scrumhalf plays down talk of injuries or fatigue as champions focus on Leinster clash

Dan Leavy and  James Ryan enjoy the victory over England on Saturday. Photograph: Inoho

‘We couldn’t have done it without Jordan Larmour, Garry, Joey, these young guys have been exceptional’, says outhalf

Johnny Sexton  celebrates victory after Ireland’s NatWest Six Nations match against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

It’s an incredible odyssey for Ireland’s Number 10, and we are all being swept along

England coach Eddie Jones during the Six Nations defeat to Ireland at  Twickenham. “We are playing without our five top backrowers at the moment.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

England manager has no doubts he can turn around three-match losing streak

 Owen Farrell applauds England fans  after the match against Ireland. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

‘We allowed them skip away too far and we were chasing our tail the whole game’

Ireland fullback  Rob Kearney gets up to challenge his England counterpart  Anthony Watson leading to the opening try of the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Gavin Cummiskey hands out the marks for Joe Schmidt’s Grand Slam heroes

 Jacob Stockdale scores one of his tries against Italy. Photograph; Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

21-year-old’s superb pace and try-scoring ability makes up for his defensive weaknesses

 England  captain Dylan Hartley:  “Ireland are coming motivated by a grand slam – they don’t need any more help.” Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Eddie Jones’s controversial remarks will cease to matter once the game begins

England’s Dylan Hartley: “We found out a lot about ourselves. Long term, looking at a World Cup, there is going to be some bumps on the road.” Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

England captain returns from injury keen to stop Ireland from winning a Grand Slam

 Eddie Jones: “When you lose a game of rugby it’s not your ability to play rugby, it’s not your fitness, it’s your ability to mentally come back from the game and that’s being tested at the moment.” Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Coach insists England can bounce back and overcome ‘test of mentality’ against Ireland

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