A high tackle warning system has been proposed where players are given post match warnings if they have made upright tackles that result in head contact. . Photograph:  Ashley Western/MB Media/Getty Images

World Rugby proposals include Rugby League style kicks to touch and high tackle warning

All the chasing clubs must assume Lisnagarvey will notch up another win as they travel to Garryduff to play C of I, who have yet to register a win after 13 games

Two Dublin games on offer as Pembroke play Cookstown and YMCA host Monkstown

Leinster’s Max Deegan was named World Rugby Junior Player of the Year in 2016. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former World Rugby Junior Player of the Year fighting for place in backrow logjam

Fergus McFadden: “There are four friendlies before the start of the World Cup. That is time for Joe to try new guys.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Winger targeting a Leinster starting place and a spot in Ireland’s World Cup squad

Stuart Lancaster says the pickle in which the Irish rugby team now finds itself may be traced back to the Red Rose rout of Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster coach blames curtain-raiser defeat for causing Six Nations campaign to unravel

Robbie Henshaw has not played since picking up an injury in Ireland’s opening Six Nations match against England and is a doubt for Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Centre struggling to shake off dead leg ahead of Aviva stadium showdown against Ulster

Dejected Ireland players after the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It all started badly and quickly got worse at the Principality Stadium on Saturday

Leinster have confirmed head coach Leo Cullen has signed a contract extension. Photograph: Sportsfile

The details of former England coach Lancaster’s extension have not been revealed

Katie Taylor: barring defeat at the hands of Rose Volante, she will meet Belgium’s WBC champion Delfine Persoon in  a unification bout.   Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

Dublin’s unbeaten Jono Carroll faces his first world title fight against Farmer for the IBF world super-featherweight title

The FIH has come up with a complex and idiosyncratic qualification passage to Tokyo

Drop from 10th to 11th place should not hurt Ireland’s chances of progressing to the next stage of the Olympic qualifying process

In a World Cup year full of possibilities, Connacht lock is keeping his focus on Cardiff

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton goes over to score a try in the Six Nations game against France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I don’t know if Wales feel like they are invincible. They are saying they have forgotten how to lose’

Ireland’s Dan Leavy has returned to the squad for the Six Nations clash with Wales. Photo:James Crombie/Inpho

Leavy’s return to the fold will provide continued competition for Seán O’Brien

Jack Conan and Guilhem Guirado in action during Ireland’s win over France at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

‘It’s about spring boarding forward now and not taking a step backwards’

The Irish team during the anthems at the Aviva before their win over France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland beat France in the Aviva but who stood out for Joe Schmidt’s team?

Cian Healy:“Up front we know if we do our job right, the lads on the sides are going to get scores because we are chipping away breaking people down.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No specific talk of Ireland’s try scoring record against France in training camp this week

Tadhg Furlong and the Ireland squad training at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster prop says Ireland are focused on bringing back their accuracy against France

Graham Shaw says although the timing is not perfect that he could not turn down a once in a lifetime opportunity to coach the New Zealand women’s team. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘If we were to play each other the exit would have been more difficult’

Joey Carbery during Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Wednesday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Simon Easterby says Munster outhalf is only 50-50 as he recovers from hamstring injury

Romain Ntamack is a wonderfully balanced runner who has a knack for breaking forward as befits a player used to the centre. Photograph: Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

Legendary Murray-Sexton axis to be tested by young pretenders Dupont and Ntamack

Rhys Ruddock will captain Leinster for their clash with Cheetahs following his recovery from a hamstring injury. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Preview: Cheetahs have played seven times in the northern hemisphere since August

The sand-based surface laid in Abbotstown does not fulfil the specifications to host international hockey matches, while UCD’s pitch lost its international spec some time ago

Pitch will be needed for men’s matches against the USA and the women’s FIH Series finals in Dublin

Scott Fardy  is tackled by New Zealand’s prop Joe Moody in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.  Australia beat the All Blacks to the 2015 Rugby Championship but lost to them in the World Cup final. Photograph:   Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Australian flanker knows gap between rehearsal and real thing can be hard to bridge

Scott Fardy: “It was an easy decision for me. I had an offer to go back to Japan to where I was originally years ago, it was something I considered for a moment but my family have just settled here and I didn’t want to pick them up and move.”

Australian extends contract until end of next season after joining province in 2017

Ireland’s Paddy Jackson looks on dejectedly as Italy’s Sergio Parisse celebrates his side winning a late penalty in Rome in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘I think it was probably a realisation, a feeling that everything was coming to an end’

Leinster’s Ed Byrne celebrates scoring a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Southern Kings at the RDS. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leo Cullen’s side close in on winning conference after another bonus-point win

Annadale’s meeting with C of I in Belfast could move the home side comfortably into mid-table if two other matches fall favourably for them

Three Rock Rovers have a trip to Hillsborough to face Lisnagarvey

The four tennis players who set the new Guinness World Record.  L/R – David Mullins, James Cluskey, Daniel O'Neill and Luke Maguire.

The record event was a major fund raiser for the Enjoy Tennis programme

 Ireland’s Jack McGrath in action against the All Blacks at the Aviva in November 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Loosehead prop is fit again following hip operation but remains a work in progress

Dave Kearney will miss Friday night’s clash with the Southern Kings after picking up a concussion in Leinster’s win over Zebre. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock and Dan Leavy also remain unavailable for Leinster and Ireland duty

 Kieran Marmion in training ahead of his return to action for Connacht. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Coach Andy Friend admits ‘huge challenge’ awaits province who have lost last two games

Zebre head coach Michael Bradley: Italian centre Giulio Bisegni, outhalf Carlo Canna and  two back rowers, Maxime Mbandà and Jimmy Tuivaiti, will start against the league leaders.  Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Michael Bradley including four Azzurri in squad while Leinster bring in young blood

Kellie Harrington holds her award for  The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year  2018. ‘Medals mean nothing to me. I’m just happy about the place I’m in right now, of how happy my family are, the person I’ve become.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The world lightweight champion from inner city Dublin has taken a rocky road to success

Dave Kearney scores a try against Toulouse during the Heineken Champions Cup clash at the RDS last month. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster stalwart winger fit again and keen to target a return to Ireland squad

Monkstown play Annadale on Saturday, and   meet Lisnagarvey at Comber Road in Hillsborough on Sunday

Glenanne face struggling Cork C of I in St Andrews

UK registered players will still be considered ‘European’ after Brexit

Ireland’s Rob Kearney celebrates after beating Scotland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

More creativity is needed, Scotland keep improving, Best never stops and more

 Finn Russell was Scotland’s best player in their nine point defeat to Ireland. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Finn Russell, Josh Strauss and Stuart McInally best for Gregor Townsend’s team

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong with David Denton and Pete Horne of Scotland during last year’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland won 28-8. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘There is so much rugby to be played between now and then,’ says prop Kilcoyne on RWC

Tadhg Furlong: used the ‘A’ word 10 times at the Ireland Rugby Press Conference at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland know it won’t be as easy as ABC at Murrayfield, but they know what they need

Ireland’s Devin Toner picked up an injury during the Six Nations defeat to England and will now miss the clash with Scotland. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Centre and lock will miss second game after picking up knocks in defeat to England

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony after Saturday’s Six Nations loss to England. “It is not something that sits well with any of us. It certainly hurt us, the last 48 hours.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Vice-captain says Ireland need to focus on performance and not let wounds fester

Ireland  number eight CJ Stander suffered a facial injury during the Six Nations opener against  England. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Injuries to CJ Stander, Keith Earls, Devin Toner and Garry Ringrose could see changes v Scotland

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony wins a lineout and passes to Conor Murray during the Six Nations match against England. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

‘It just shows how good you have to be every week to do something special’

England’s Ben Youngs and Jonny May tackle Robbie Henshaw during the Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Despite his footballing talent a lack of international experience at 15 was exposed

England’s Mako Vunipola tries to shake off an attempted tackle from Ireland’s  Johnny Sexton during the Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Tadhg Furlong believes Ireland can turn things around after ’reality check’

England’s Jack Nowell celebrates with try scorer Elliot Daly during the Six Nations game against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England coach heaps praise on his players but does not believe result changes much

Ireland Rugby Squad Gym Session, Melbourne, Australia11/6/2018 Andrew Porter Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Ireland prop on the Six Nations and powering through on the pitch and in life

England’s Manu Tuilagi in action during the victory over Australia in November. He starts his first Six Nations game in over four years against Ireland.  Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

In his hour of need, Eddie Jones turns to talented if temperamental Leicester man

 Leinster’s Scott Penny evades a tackle from Ulster’s James Hume in a Pro14 clash at the RDS in January. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Scott Penny, who debuted for Leinster this season, one many new faces in squad

John Mitchell talks to the England players during a training session last year. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

‘Bore the s*** out of us’ barb aimed at Ireland not unusual from the well-travelled Kiwi coach

Simon Zebo during Racing 92’s Heineken Champions Cup clash against Ulster at  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Racing 92 winger says he became used to racism on the streets growing up in Ireland

Simon Zebo in action for Racing 92 against Ulster. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Racing 92 winger admits Rugby World Cup hopes would likely hinge on an injury crisis

George Ford has 50 English caps and in 2011 was the first English player to win the IRB Young Player of the Year award. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leicester outhalf ready to put club disappointment behind him for the Six Nations

It took a big second-half performance from Rovers to beat Railway in the final at St Columba’s College last weekend for the Leinster indoor league title, with Jody Hoskins and Ross Carroll netting twice for Rover in the 6-4 win

Rovers face Limerick in the first semi-final , before Railway play Cookstown

Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune scores a try against Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Sevens player has been central so far to province’s success story in Europe

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen will hope that his Irish internationals come through the Six Nations unscathed. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton will go to Portugal with the Irish squad on Monday, Dan Leavy will not

Ulster’s John Cooney celebrates at the final whistle of the Champions Cup game against Leicester at Welford Road. photograph:   Gary Carr/Inpho

Henderson’s early return and Cooney’s late cameo fire Ulster revival against Leicester

Sean O’Brien returned to the Leinster fold against Wasps. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leo Cullen’s side secure comfortable bonus-point victory and cement top spot

Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune scores a try during the Champion Cup game against  Leicester at  Welford Road. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘We’re in a quarter-final, any of those sides is going to be really tough’

Iain Henderson  celebrates  with Andy Warwick after Ulster’s win over Leicester in the Heineken Champions Cup at Welford Road. Photograph:   Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Dan McFarland’s side could be set for Aviva meeting with Leinster in the last eight

Simon Zebo:  Racing 92 star said he hoped he had not heard what he thought he heard from some Ulster rugby supporters at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Simon Zebo just the latest to shine a spotlight on an unpleasant fact of Irish sporting life

Edinburgh  coach Richard Cockerill: “We’re going to go out there, gumshields in, sleeves rolled up, and we’re going to get in the middle of it and see where we get to.” Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

New Zealander Vern Cotter makes five changes to his Montpellier side

Ireland head coach Adam Griggs has brought eight new names into the squad for the Women’s Six Nations. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland first play Wales in a warm-up fixture in Energia Park, Donnybrook on Sunday

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock wins a lineout during the Champions Cup victory over Toulouse. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster man was excellent in victory but knows there are still plenty of tests to come

Racing 92 have released a statement on ‘racist insults’ directed at Simon Zebo during the Champions Cup defeat to Ulster in Belfast. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Munster player tweeted after defeat to Ulster that he had suffered abuse in Belfast

Katie Taylor. “I love the simple life, the boring life. No, the US hasn’t changed me at all. I mean I’m living in a little one-bed apartment in America.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

IBF and WBA world lightweight title-holder has her eyes on the WBO and WBC belts

Katie Taylor celebrates her victory over Eva Wahlstrom in New York. Photograph: Tom Hogan/Inpho

Irish fighter now ranked best female pound for pound boxer in the world

 Gloucester head coach  Johan Ackermann with  Munster coach Johann van Graan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Special incentive for Gloucester’s Grobler to make a point against his former club

Doddie Weir: “I take a positive note. I am still here. Got to celebrate another Christmas.”  Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Former Scotland and Lion lock stays positive as he battles Motor Neurone Disease

Jordan Larmour in action for Leinster against Bath. “Growing up, all I wanted to do was play for Ireland and Leinster. I still have a good bit to learn.” Photograph:  Artur Widak/PA

In a World Cup year, back must continue to clear every hurdle on the road to Tokyo

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Treacy has hit out at Thomas Bach after he hinted that Russia won’t be banned

Sudaporn Seesondee (in red) and Kellie Anne Harrington  compete during their final fight at the  AIBA boxing championships in New Delhi, on November 24th, 2018. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

Lightweight world champion needed to become exceptional – and she did

World champion boxer Kellie Harrington has been crowned the Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was no upstaging Kellie Harrington on a day that put sportswomen centre stage

The Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year 2018 – boxer Kellie Harrington.

Fitting reward for inspirational lightweight gold medal winner at the World Championships

Katie Taylor with Santa at the County Club in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, yesterday where she gave an update on her attempt to unite all four lightweight belts. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Frustration creeps in as would-be opponents hold out for more money

Jamison Gibson-Park warms up at Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for Leinster’s Guinness Pro14 match against Southern Kings in November. Photograph: Richard Huggard/Inpho

Leinster scrumhalf could soon stand with Bundee Aki and CJ Stander in Ireland squad

Dave Miley has announced his intention to run for the presidency of the International Tennis Federation. Photograph: Rod Leon

Former Irish national champion to contest election set for September 2019

Rob Kearney arrives at the Aviva for Leinster’s win over Bath last weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster are back in Pro14 league action at the weekend when they face Connacht

 Nathan Hughes of Wasps who are unbeaten in their last 12 home matches against Top 14 opposition, winning 11 and drawing one. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

English Premiership team boast a proud home record against Top 14 opposition

David Condon of England celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup Group B match between Ireland and England at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images for FIH

Goals from Chris Cargo and Shane O’Donoghue were not enough in a dramatic tie

Devin Toner: For a lock who at one point once looked bodily frail, his capacity for physical endurance has now become a feature of his game.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster and Ireland secondrow now at the peak of his substantial powers

Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll opened up about use of painkillers during his rugby career. Photo: Chris Lee - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images

Former Ireland captain lifting the lid on use of pills during his career is most welcome

Alan Sothern of Ireland in the match against China. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

A draw is enough to see Ireland through to a play-off for World Cup quarter-finals

Ulster’s Rory Best will make his record-equalling 71st European appearance against Scarlets in the Champions Cup. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Irish province haven’t won in any of their last four European meetings in Llanelli

Sam Underhill of Bath Rugby and Mark Lambert of Harlequins clash heads during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match in September. Photo: Henry Browne/Getty Images

IRP findings show education on concussion is failing on substantial number of players

Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi  and Fergus McFadden (above) training in Donnybrook on September 17th Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster backs coach is more interested in improving than listening to hype

Katie Taylor during her last professional win over Cindy Serrano in October. Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

Unbeaten Taylor will face Eva Wahlstrom at Madison Square Garden on December 15th

Alan Sothern celebrates his equaliser for Ireland against China. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Cox’s side must get a result against England to keep quarter-final dream alive in India

Leinster will not have Jack McGrath available to them when they return to Champions Cup action this weekend. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Getty Images

One of Leinster’s Kiwi backs - James Lowe and Jamison Gibson-Park - will miss out

Andy Farrell: “As for England missing out on a brilliant homegrown coach, I am almost filled with despair,” wrote former World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Growing realisation in England that the man they sacked in 2015 is a top class coach

Ireland’s Matthew Bell in action against Tim Brand of Australia in their World Cup opener at Kalinga Stadium, in Bhubaneswar, India. Photograph: Inpho

Coach praises his players for ‘putting their bodies on the line’ in narrow 2-1 defeat

Irish lightweight world champion Kellie Harrington was reassured by the IOC about Tokyo Games. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Earlier statement said planning for 2020 had stopped in dispute with AIBA

The Connacht squad in a huddle during training at Wynberg Boys High School, Cape Town, as they prepare for the game against the Cheetahs. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Friend’s side firmly focused on completing a successful mission in South Africa

David Harte saves from Daniel Beale during Ireland’s opening World Cup defeat to Australia. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

David Harte impressive in goal as defending champions are made to sweat for victory

Munster’s Conor Murray: he came on from the bench last week against Zebra. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Home side bolstered by returning internationals while visitors are missing theirs

The Ireland players take part in a training session ahead   at Kalinga Stadium on  Tuesday. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ireland start their campaign against defending champions Australia on Friday

Ireland’s Andrew Conway scores a try during the autumn international against the USA at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘It’s just incredible, the standards that he sets, the standards that he drives. Everything’

World champion Kellie Harrington shows off her gold medal alongside her parents  Yvonne and Christy on her return to Dublin airport on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish fighter claims World Championship gold to follow in the footsteps of Katie Taylor

Joe Taufete’e gets away from Finlay Bealham the score the USA’s opening try. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

USA head coach praises current depth of talent in Irish rugby after heavy defeat

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