Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the 16th green during round one of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Photo: Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Tiger Woods was also placed nicely after a solid 66 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Clontarf and Galwegians in action at Castle Avenue. Photograph: Eric Luke

Many men’s and women’s AIL club fixtures to be played on the same day

Simon Zebo: will begin a new chapter in his career later this month with Racing 92 in the French Top 14 Championship. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Seven former Munster players are preparing for the new season in France's Top 14

Joey Carbery: moved from Leinster to Munster

Leinster contemplate Contepomi as Munster look forward to Carbery’s influence

Glasgow’s Celtic Park will hold the 2018/19 Pro 14 final. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA

Home of Celtic Football Club will host its first rugby union fixture on Saturday May 25th

Union unlikely to attract title sponsor in time for 2018-19 season

Colin Walshe: 'We are not depending on a different result. It’s in our hands, if we win in Galway we are in an All-Ireland semi-final.' Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Captain says focus has switched to Galway after Kerry’s late smash-and-grab in Clones

Anthony Nash: The Cork goalkeeper’s puck-outs will be pivotal to his county’s hopes against Limerick on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

One-time collaborators Anthony Nash and Sean O’Donnell not set for a battle of wits

Guinness Pro14 champions Leinster’s first home game is  against the Dragons on Saturday, September 15th. Photograph: Billy  Stickland/Inpho

Leo Cullen’s charges will spend the first two weekends of the season in Wales

The Leinster players celebrate with the Pro14 and Champions Cup trophies after their win over the Scarlets last season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

First 17 rounds of fixtures for 2018/19 season announced by Pro14 organisers

Head coach Anthony Eddy talks to the Ireland women’s team during squad training for the  World Cup Sevens at   San Francisco GAA club. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

If men beat Chile in preliminary clash they take on number-one ranked South Africa

Kildare’s Neil Flynn celebrates scoring a goal against Fermanagh in the All-Ireland qualifier round 4 victory at  Páirc Tailteann. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

O’Neill’s men produce best performance of the season to outclass battling Fermanagh

Neil Flynn of Kildare celebrates scoring a goal in Navan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

An 11-point interval lead is the platform for a comfortable win over Fermanagh in Navan

 IRFU’s director of rugby development Scott Walker;  IRFU operations manager of participation rugby David Keane; Damien Kavanagh, president of the Emerald Warriors and member of the organising committee of Union Cup 2019; and Tony Hayes, Union Cup organising committee chair. Photograph:     James Crombie/Inpho

Tournament for LGBTI community to be hosted by Emerald Warriors at DCU next June

Felipe Contepomi: “I spent much of my playing career at Leinster and now I’ll be back in Dublin to join a great staff and to work with great players.”  Photo: Inpho

Head coach Cullen delighted to see return of his former team-mate back as backs coach

Edinson Cavani:  spent much of the match when not clutching a limb and acting as a human roller for the turf, keeping the referee up to date with his innermost thoughts. Photograph: Wallace Woon/EPA

Former Republic star unimpressed as hyped Russia hit the self-destruct button

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has given the Samoa rugby team a stark warning. Photo: Getty Images

Pacific Islanders are set to play off for a place in Ireland’s group at the 2019 World Cup

Felipe Contepomi in action for  Leinster during a Heineken Cup  match against  Toulouse  at the Stade Ernest Wallon on November 2007. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Argentinian star to return to province to take over from Girvan Dempsey

Peter O’Mahony holding aloft the trophy  after Ireland won the test series against Australia in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

Schmidt has blooded several players and introduced depth to the squad

Israel Folau challenges Peter O’Mahony in the air, an incident which led to a yellow card for the Australian back. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty

Following Ireland's series win there are calls for World Rugby to offer clarity on aerial duels

Peter O’Mahony will start at number seven on Saturday. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Ten things you really should know ahead of the series decider in Sydney

Michael Silvester is tackled during Ireland’s defeat to Scotland in Perpignan. Photograph: Pascal Rodriguez/Inpho

Noel McNamara’s side teetering on the brink of relegation after another poor performance

 Joe Tomane in action for Australia against Wales in 2014 at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

The six foot two inch, 16 and a half stone centre was capped 17 times by Australia

The Georgia team celebrate scoring a try during their win over Ireland at the under-20 World Cup in France. Photo: Inpho

The Caelan Dorris-captained side will now playoff for place ninth to 12th in Narbonne

Lansdowne wing Peter Sullivan: he will start for Ireland against Georgia. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Conceding scrum penalties an area that will be under scrutiny against powerful Georgians

Johnny Sexton during Ireland training ahead of the Test series with Australia. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If Johnny Sexton captains side during Australia tour he will be looking to break a mould

Ireland’s Jordan Conroy runs in a try against England in bronze medal game at the the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham.  Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

‘We showed we can compete with the big guys’ says exciting Buccaneers winger

Ireland U20 assistant coach Paul O’Connell at the World Rugby U20 Championship last month: “I have to move away from the emotional state I had as a player.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ex-Ireland captain relishing life as U20 assistant coach and challenges of it

Leinster’s Ross Byrne may well win a first cap during Ireland’s three-Test series in Australia. Photograph: Inpho

In total, 15 Irish players have been handed a first cap in Australia for tour next month

Tickets for Ireland’s World Cup Pool A game against hosts Japan  at Shizuoka Stadium range in price from €79 for a Category D ticket to €319 for Category A. Photograph:   Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

World Rugby confirm that there have already been 1.5m applications for 1.8m tickets

McNamara’s side face daunting task against reigning U-20 Six Nations champions

Ulster’s Jared Payne: hasn’t played a match since complaining of feeling unwell during a British & Irish Lions tour match against the Chiefs in New Zealand last summer. Photograph: Inpho

New Zealand-born player has been appointed defence coach at Ulster and will travel to Australia

Stuart Olding has signed for French Pro D2 side Brive. Photo: Simon King/Inpho

Former Ulster centre has found a club after having contract revoked with Irish province

Caelan Doris: “Playing France in one of the first games of the World Cup in France, it’s going to be unbelievable,” said Ireland’s U-20s captain.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Several players are poised to catch the eye for Ireland in the U-20 World Championship

Number eight Jack O’Sullivan has been ruled out  of the Under-20 Rugby World Championship along with tighthead prop. Photograph: Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland suffer big double blow ahead of tournament in France

South African referee Stuart Berry: Will rely on input from his officiating team in making decisions. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South African referee may be hands-off at the breakdown as Leinster take on Scarlets

 Diarmuid Barron, Caelan Doris and Matthew Agnew at the announcement of the  squad for the U-20 World Cup in France at Spencer Dock in Dublin yesterday. Inpho: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Caelan Doris chosen as captain as five uncapped players included in Ireland squad

Caelan Doris will captain Ireland in the under-20 World Championship in France. Photo: Inpho

Ronan Kelleher, Angus Curtis and Eoghan Clarke all miss out on the squad through injury

Ulster’s Charles Piutau. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho

Ulster v Ospreys preview: Kingspan stadium, Sunday (3.05, live on BBC 2)

Munster-bound Tadgh Beirne has been named secondrow for Scarlets. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Defending Pro14 champions won’t be cowed by hostile venue, but Scots could shade this

According to the official statistics James Ryan  did not miss a single tackle in the five European Champion Cup matches in which he started and the four when introduced as a replacement. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Secondrow played more minutes than any other Leinster player in Champions Cup campaign

Robbie Henshaw starts in midfield for Leinster against Racing 92. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John O’Sullivan runs the rule over Leo Cullen’s men ahead of their date with destiny

Racing 92’s electric French wing Teddy Thomas. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP

John O’Sullivan looks at the Parisians ahead of their clash with Leinster in Bilbao

Leinster players congratulating James Ryan after he scored a try against Scarlets.  The genesis of the try  was a sharp lineout move. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

One area in which Racing will have to improve massively is in discipline

Pro14 decider will now be played at 6pm on Saturday, May 26th

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

 Richie Murphy, Andy Farrell, Greg Feek and Joe Schmidt during a training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Feek will take up a position with Japanese club side Ricoh in the coming weeks

 Rory McIlroy plays a shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the  Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club  in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Two-time champion makes the cut despite struggling to 76

 Connacht’s Kieran Marmion, Munster’s Conor Murray, Leinster’s Josh van der Flier and Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee at an event to announce that Eir Sport has  secures broadcast rights to the  Pro 14. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

TG4 will broadcast 34 matches per season, but will not include Munster and Leinster derbies

The Rugby World Cup in a Dublin hotel at an   announcement of match venues. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland rugby matches in Rugby World Cup have to be free-to-air

 The Leinster team celebrate their Heineken Cup Final win in 2011.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If Leo Cullen's side can also lift the Pro14 title they would eclipse class of 2011

Ulster coach Jono Gibbes speaks to the media on Tuesday. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Some rugby reporters complained their ability to work had become compromised

Ulster rugby will not be allowing news journalists into Tuesday’s press conference. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster were unhappy with tone and line of questioning taken by some news reporters

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen says his team have had to adapt to a changing European landscape in the competition. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The collective matters more than any personal considerations for the Leinster players

Leinster’s Irish fly-half Johnny Sexton celebrates with teammates after scoring a try during the European Champions Cup rugby union semi-final between Leinster and Scarlets at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Barry Cronin/AFP/Getty Images

Scarlets dismantled with ruthless efficiency as Leinster learn from previous humiliation

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden  is tackled by Leigh Halfpenny, Rhys Patchell and Scott Williams of Scarlets during the Champions Cup semi-final  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

New Zealander believes knock-on call and try before half-time changed game

 Leinster players congratulate try scorer James Ryan/Morgan Treacy

Leinster make hay in Dublin sunshine as Scarlets blown away

Ulster’s Tommy Bowe: a huge tranche of the rugby community  would like to see him bow out in style in his final home match. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Iain Henderson has been handed captaincy, with Rory Best on the bench

Munster’s Keith Earls: his  remarkable rehabilitation from injury forced Johann van Graan to make a selection decision in the back three. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

French team possess some outstanding players in Teddy Thomas and Leone Nakarwara

Munster’s Keith Earls: if he recovers from the knee injury to take his place, it will be a massive boost for Munster. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

An examination of the players set to play a big part in their Champions Cup semi-finals

Tadhg Furlong has offloaded the ball more than any of his Leinster teammates. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Halfpenny and Sexton set for battle off the tee - but Maxime Machenaud leads the way

Rob Evans: “Being part of this team is like playing with your best mates. That’s the biggest thing for me, the feeling among us.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aviva Stadium and Leinster hold no fears for Pivac’s in-form Welsh side

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien is unlikely to feature again this season for the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster and Ireland flanker has been ridiculously unfortunate with injury this season

Scott Fardy: “You want to try to win trophies; you shouldn’t be playing if you don’t want to do that.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Australian enjoying his first season with Leinster and now has Scarlets in his sights

Leinster’s Ian Nagle and his team-mates during the shock home defeat to Benetton Treviso at the RDS. The visitors were 18-1 to register a victory.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Treviso become first Italian club to win in Dublin after error-ridden display by hosts

 Benetton’s Tommaso Iannone in action during his side’s win over  Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Welsh side that awaits Cullen’s men defeated province in last season’s Pro14 semi-final

Benetton are awarded a penalty at the scrum during their Pro14 win over Leinster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Sean O’Brien suffered more injury woe after a bang on the shoulder forced him to go off

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien: “He is a great voice defensively in the line because he’s so strong in around that ruck area.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Joey Carbery selected for first start this season as Leinster outhalf

John Goosen: will play for Montpellier next season but will be in the Cheetahs side to take on Munster in the PRO14 clash in South Africa. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Springbok starts for Cheetahs as Van Graan makes nine changes to visitors’ line-up

Former international Kurt McQuilkin in action for Bective Rangers against Ballymena. The club featured in Division Two of the All-Ireland League for many years. Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

Club must rebrand and focus on youth development in order to reclaim lost ground

Bective Rangers will lose their status as a senior club and drop into the Leinster Senior League Division 1A. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bective Rangers lose place as senior club as Garryowen and Clontarf vie for play-off spot

 Southern Kings’s Berton Klaasen (right) has played the  most minutes of any player in the Pro14 to date with a lung bursting, 1,410. Photograph: Inpho

Players who accumulate most Pro14 minutes tend not to be playing Test rugby

Dries Swanepoel of the Bulls evades the tackle of Andrew Kellaway of the Waratahs Swanepoel has signed a short term contract with Munster. Photo: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Province also confirmed Mike Sherry and Jeremy Loughman have extended contracts

Ireland’s Jimmy O’Brien runs with the ball during their Sevens match with Jamaica. Photo: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Winner of the repechage tournament will earn a place on elite World Sevens circuit

Former Leinster player Billy Dardis will captain Ireland in Hong Kong. Photograph: Inpho

Billy Dardis and his Irish team mates are one of 12 teams that will battle it out this weekend

Munster’s Conor Murray protests before being awarded a try during the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Toulon at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Zebo fortunate, durable Sexton, O’Mahony’s lineout nous, Arnold and O’Donoghue impress

Mathieu Bastareaud gave an honest assessment of Toulon’s defeat to Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster old boys Pau-er to Stade Francais win while Aviva pays tribute to Heaslip

Leinster’s Dan Leavy scores his  try. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Defending champions well beaten by clinical Leinster in Champions Cup quarter-final

 Leinster’s Jonathan  Sexton  celebrates scoring a try with Shane Horgan during the 2011 Heineken Cup Final victory over Northampton Saints at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster have come from behind at the interval three times to claim a semi-final spot

Maro Itoje of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at London Stadium last weekend. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Leinster coach familiar with most of the players his team will face in Champions Cup

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton: “Saracens are back-to-back champions and we are sort of striving to get back to where we were and become that champion team ourselves.” Photograph: Inpho

Leinster outhalf says back-to-back champions Saracens will not be fazed by Aviva

Nick McCarthy has been troubled by a knee injury and if he is unavailable then Jamison Gibson Park is likely to understudy Luke McGrath for the Saracens match. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Scrumhalf just one fitness concern for Saracens game as O’Brien and Ruddock return to training

Jordan Larmour is out of Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Jordan Larmour and Dave Kearney both out of Sunday’s Champions Cup quarter-final

How Munster’s Sam Arnold fares againstScarlets’ Scott Williams will be worth watching. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Absence of a string of big names puts additional pressure on Van Graan’s charges

Joey Carbery in action againt England at Twickenham. The outhalf will line out for Leinster at Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stckland/Inpho

Five Ireland stars return to starting XV, but Jordan Larmour out with leg injury

 Tom Maher and Seán Molony celebrate Blackrock College’s win at the  final whistle of the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final against Belvedere College at the  RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Defending champions were down 28-7 at the interval at the RDS

Belvedere’s David Hawkshaw is tackled by Tom Monaghan of Clongowes in last year’s Bank of Ireland Leinster Senior Cup semi-final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Champions Belvedere seeking to cement place in history with third successive crown

Jordan Larmour  during the  6 Nations match at Twickenham last weekend. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Grand Slam winner has no regrets about missing the U-20 World Cup to undergo surgery

Jacob Stockdale: the Ireland winger’s  seven tries proved a Six Nations record.  Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

Schmidt’s players top a host of categories at the end of a phenomenal 12 months

Leinster hope to complete the redevelopment of the RDS by September 2020. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho.

Redevelopment of RDS on hold until funding is secured

Robbie Henshaw: “Everything is going really well at the moment, roughly halfway there, so at least my target is that I’m not ruled out for the rest of the season.”  Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Leinster centre making good progress as he recovers from a dislocated shoulder

Donnybrook has a new name, with immediate effect. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The ground hosts Ireland Women and Ireland Under-20s in Six Nations Championship

Ireland captain Rory Best celebrates after leading his side to the Grand Slam with victory over England at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘When I was about to go on I got a bit nervous but it was a special feeling’ – Jordan Larmour

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal in the opening Six Nations clash with France. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From Sexton’s drop goal to defence against England it was a campaign of highlights

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring his team’s third try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

He’s scored 11 tries in nine matches and is still a few weeks shy of his 22nd birthday

Ireland’s Conor Murray and Joey Carbery celebrate after Ireland beat England to complete the Grand Slam at Twickenham. Photo: WIll Oliver/EPA

Ireland manager and captain Rory Best pointed to the injection of youth as the key

England’s Joe Heyes score a try during the Under-20 Six Nations Championship match against Ireland at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Home side run in four tries in the fourth quarter in Coventry

England’s Kelly Smith is tackled by Katie Fitzhenry of Ireland during the Women’s Six Nations match at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Head coach Adam Griggs hoping to stay on ‘to build on what we have done so far’

Eoghan Clarke during the captain’s run at Donnybrook. The player  has been promoted to start against England. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Depending on results, Ireland can still win the Under-20s Six Nations tournament

Tadhg Furlong relaxing at the Irish team’s headquarters at Carton House in Co Kildare yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Focused prop preparing to lock horns with his fellow Lions Sinckler and Vunipola

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