Jacob Stockdale gathers his own kick to score  the crucial try against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Despite having an earlier chip blocked by Read the Ulster winger continued to back himself

  New Zealand lock Sam Whitelock in action with Ireland’s James Ryan during Ireland’s historic win at the Aviva on Saturday. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Inpho

‘It’s always tough no matter who you’re playing against and tonight was no different’

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt attempted to put some perspective on Ireand’s first ever win over New Zealand on home soil. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Coach looks to put things in perspective with a long way still to go before the World Cup

New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick passes as Keith Earls moves in to make a tackle during the autumn international at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Johnny Watterson hands out the marks to Steve Hansen’s beaten side

Kellie Harrington impressed in her opening bout at the World Championship in New Delhi. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Irish lightweight through to last 16 in New Delhi after 5-0 win

Hockey Ireland aiming to return to the international stage for first time since the 80s

The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Sports Minister Shane Ross said   “the prevailing view is that the funding is too widely spread”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ross says Sport Ireland will prefer to fund sports that are more likely to return medals for Ireland

 New Zealand ’s Beauden Barrett during training on Tuesday at the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Outhalf says Ireland have come a long way since his debut in 60-0 victory in 2012

Devin Toner made a big impact coming off the replacements bench against the Pumas. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Our writers pick the Irish sides they want to see take on the mighty All Blacks

Seán O’Brien leaves the pitch after breaking his arm against Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt confirms flanker’s broken arm is unrelated to litany of previous problems

Argentina’s Bautista Delguy scores their first try in the autumn international against Ireland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

‘They were bad and it’s difficult for them to be bad two games in a row’

Argentina’s Bautista Delguy slips past   New Zealand’s Karl Tu’nukuafe. He has the ability to glide  along the top of the ground, effortlessly twisting and turning.   Photograph:  Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Ten tries in 15 Super League matches shows his ability as a natural attacking threat

Joe Schmidt: will make up his mind this month on his future post the World Cup in 2019. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All Blacks legend insists there’s no shortage of capable contenders on the home front

Ireland’s David Harte could now be fit for the World Cup in India. Photo: Freddie Parkinson/Inpho

Goalkeeper was originally thought to be out but injury is not as bad as it was first thought

Argentina’s Martin Landajo during training at  UCD, Dublin, ahead of their match against Ireland on Saturday. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Scrumhalf says Argentina have found right balance and are well primed for clash

Garry Ringrose scores Ireland’s seventh try against Italy during the victory over Italy at Solider Field, Chicago.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Chicago exploits soon consigned to history as Argentina challenge looms large

Garry Ringrose talks to the media at Carton House on Monday after arriving back from Chicago. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Centre believes Pumas have continued to improve since joining Rugby Championship

Danny Cipriani: few have doubted  his unsettling problems have stymied a career. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Gloucester’s mercurial outhalf is a more complex individual than litany of off-field issues show

 Leinster’s Sean Cronin scoring a try against Wasps in the province’s 52-3 win in their Champions Cup opener at the RDS last Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

‘He’s frustrated. He obsesses over his game . . . that’s the way it should be,’ says coach

Cian Healy is an injury concern ahead of Leinster’s trip to play Toulouse. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Jamison Gibson-Park has returned to Leinster training while Leavy must prove fitness

Munster’s Joey Carbery in training ahead of the province’s Champions Cup opener with Exeter Chiefs. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Province likely to struggle against English opponents that have won last six games

Jack McGrath celebrates scoring Leinster’s  eighth try with team-mates during the Heineken Champions Cup match against Wasps at the RDS. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Early faults soon gave way to some stunning rugby as Wasps feel the sting

Lima Sopoaga: “I do think that things are starting to change and players are starting to wise up. They realise that it’s a business these days.” Photograph: Joe Allison/Inpho/Photosport

Two-year deal worth over €1.7m proved irresistible for new Wasps outhalf

The job spec does not say whether the indoor players selected to play can come from the outdoor team or if they are a squad of specialist indoor international players. Photograph: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters

‘Voluntary’ status of the position will automatically rule out many top coaches

Jarrad Butler: “I’ve been learning on the fly a little bit.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Australian ‘firecracker’ looking to fill John Muldoon-sized hole against Bordeaux Bègles

Rory Best and Rob Herring. The Ireland captain’s return is a major boost for Ulster as they face Connacht. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Province will be eager to produce the required response after the Munster mauling

 Paul Gleghorne of Ireland played against his brother, Mark, who lined out for Great Britain. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/Getty Images

As in rugby, the Troubles had a profound effect on the sport within Ireland

Sevu Reece:  the Fijian winger was fined but discharged without conviction after a domestic violence incident in which he left his girlfriend with injuries to her face. Photograph: Kerry Marshall/Getty Images

Sevu Reece case show Twitter and Instagram are final judges of a player’s moral standing

Leinster celebrate last season’s Guinness Pro14 final win over Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The yearly clash continues to capture the imagination of the rugby public

 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Brooke Koepka attend the press conference of the losing USA team after Europe won the Ryder Cup  at Le Golf National in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

McGinley says Americans would be wiser to keep the recriminations in-house

Joey Carbery has played  267 minutes for Munster so far this season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Johnny Sexton and Joey Carbery both likely to be rested for heavyweight clash

James Ryan is set to return to Leinster training this week. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Sean O’Brien also came through Leinster’s win over Connacht with no issues

Peter Robinson with a photograph of his son Benjamin. Photograph: Stuart Wallace

Benjamin Robinson died from second impact syndrome during a match in 2011

Departed Ireland head coach Craig Fulton. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Dutch experience of Cox will be useful as Ireland face into four nation competition

Ronan Gormley has announced his retirement from international hockey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Defender captained side 111 times and made more than 250 Green Machine appearances

Munster scrumhalf Conor Murray’s last match was against Australia on June 23rd, almost exactly three months ago. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saying less about state of health set to become norm as players seek to protect careers

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy: “For the IOC to be pushing for Russia to be reinstated, it is wrong and it fundamentally undermines what we are all trying to do in terms of clean sport.” Photograph:     Cathal Noonan/Inpho

International Olympic Committee took ‘weak stand’ against Russia, says Treacy

Cian Healy: ‘It’s more enjoyable. It’s a more talented game now. There’s so much focus on skill and being tactically able to break teams down.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Second coming for Ireland’s loosehead prop as rugby embraces his faster, dynamic style

 Will Spencer of Leicester   tackles  Tommy Taylor of Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, UK. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Geordan Murphy’s remark on Leicester red card comes amid new focus on head injuries

Leinster’s Dan Leavy could return to action this weekend for their Pro14 encounter with Edinburgh. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland international injured his sternum in the second Test win over Australia in June

Ulster’s John Cooney: “If you’re happy in your environment then I think it makes a big difference on the pitch.”  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ulster player’s rise will liberate Schmidt’s thinking around scrumhalf and 10 positions

Owen Farrell and Jonathan Sexton during the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand last year. Last season Farrell played 944 minutes more than Sexton did. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

World Rugby's dire warning likely directed at England players in Premiership

Thomas Barr, Irish Olympian and Irish Life Health Ambassador, is pictured at the 2018 Irish Life Health Schools Fitness Challenge. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish runner got his hands on a European medal this summer and is now looking higher

Max Deegan, Caelan Doris, Jordi Murphy and Josh van der Flier are just four of Ireland’s extensive backrow options. Photos: Inpho

Who gets a spot on the plane to Japan for the World Cup next year is anyone’s guess

Adam Byrne during a Leinster training session in Donnybrook. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘It would be nice to someday test it against some of the southern hemisphere clubs’

  Geordan Murphy   has been appointed interim head coach of Leicester Tigers following the departure of director of rugby Matt O’Connor. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Former Leicester player is one of many Irish men coaching around the world

A general view of Flushing Meadows. Photograph: Corey Sipkin/EPA

18-year-old beats Russia’s Anastasia Tikhonova in straight sets with Japan’s Naho Sato next

The  USA team (from left) Lilia Vu, Stasia Collins (Team Captain), Jennifer Kupcho and Kristen Gillman at Carton House. Photograph:  Pat Cashman

Korea’s Cho who finished the week on the best individual score of 17-under par

Olivia Mehaffey in action at the World Amateur Team Championship at  Carton House. Picture: Pat Cashman

Ireland finish down the field of World Amateur Team Championships

Annabel Wilson (Ireland) pitching to the 15th green in the third round of the 2018 World Amateur Team Championship (Esprito Santo Trophy) at Carton House. Photo: Pat Cashman

The Americans hold a five-shot lead over Republic of Korea going into the final day

Tom Farrell will partner new signing Kyle Goodwin against Glasgow. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Pr014 preview: Connacht v Glasgow, The Sportsground, 3pm (Live on TG4, Eir Sport 2)

New recruit Joey Carbery will be on the Munster bench  for the season opener against Cheetahs. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Pro14 preview: Munster v Cheetahs, Thomond Park 5.15pm (Live on Eir Sport 1)

The Australian international Henry Speight during   Ulster’s  captain’s run at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Pro14 preview: Ulster v Scarlets, Kingspan Stadium 5.15pm (Live on Premier Sports 1, eir sport 2)

Cian Healy training with the Leinster squad at Energia Park, Donnybrook on Monday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Pressure will be on players to step up and fill void left by Isa Nacewa and Joey Carbery

Olivia Mehaffey: shot a level par second round on the O’Meara course at the World Amateur Team Championships at Carton House.  Photograph: European Golf Association

Home team slip to tied-10th spot after a mediocre display on O’Meara course at Carton House

Young boxers are getting different instructioins  from IABA high performance unit and the organisation’s central council. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

High performance unit and central council issuing varying advice to young boxers

Caelan Doris will start for Leinster on Friday night. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leo Cullen has named his team for trip to Cardiff and there’s a debut for Joe Tomane

Annabel Wilson tees off at the seventh during the first round of the 2018 World Amateur Team Championship (Esprito Santo Trophy) at Carton House. Photo: Pat Cashman

At the World Amateur Team Championships in Carton House the competition is fierce

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien in action against Treviso Benetton’s  Simone Ferrari. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘I should be in the best place I have ever been in my career when I come back’

Leinster’s Joe Tomane tackled by Josh Matavesi and Alex Tait of Newcastle during the  pre-season friendly at Donnybrook. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

European champions concede six tries in pre-season encounter

Crumb rubber from a synthetic  pitch sticks to a  hockey ball. Photograph:  Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Getty Images

Scientists push back on European Commission findings of ‘low level’ concerns

Aaron Sexton scoring a try for Ireland under-18 clubs and schools against an England counties team  in Ashbourne in April 2017. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Teenager qualified for the semi-finals of the 200m at the World U20 Championships

Leinster’s Barry Daly in action during the victory over US Montauban  at the Stade Sapiac last week. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Gavin Coombes starts at number eight for Munster as London-Irish visit Musgrave Park

Ireland’s TJ Doheny  reacts after winning the 12-round IBF super bantamweight title bout against Japan’s  Ryosuke Iwasa  in Tokyo. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

Australian based bantamweight beat Japanese favourite and defending champion

Ireland celebrate with their silver medals after their field hockey World Cup final loss to the Netherlands. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty Images

What formula other than the flapping hand of minister Ross was used to divide money?

The Ireland team show off their silver medals at the homecoming event on Dame Street in Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The remarkable journey to the final as told by some of those closest to the action

Ireland women have moved up the world rankings from 16th to eighth after their journey to the World Cup final. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/EPA

Rise up the hockey world rankings boosts prospects of qualifying for Tokyo 2020

Ireland’s Kathryn Mullan dejected at the final whistle as The Netherlands  win the Women’s Hockey World Cup Final at  Lee Valley Stadium in London. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Losing World Cup final to superior Netherlands team has not shaken their self-belief

Ireland team: on a sure footing for next summer’s European Championships in Belgium and their qualification process for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

‘To come in here and finish second in the world is a truly remarkable achievement’

Ireland coach Graham Shaw celebrates with Chloe Watkins after his side’s win over Spain in London. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty

Ireland coach hails Ayeisha Mc Ferran and Gillian Pinder after his side see off Spain

Ireland celebrate their World Cup semi-final win over Spain in London. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty

Players and fans bask in London sunshine as world’s 16th ranked side defy the odds again

Coach Graham Shaw celebrates after Ireland’s victory over India in the World Cup  quarter-final  in London. Photograph:  Steven Paston/PA Wire

Progress of Shaw’s tightly-knit squad has been scarcely believable given the circumstances

Ireland prepare to take a penalty corner. Photograph:  Steven Paston/PA

Before Ireland take on India brush up on your knowledge with Johnny Watterson

Ireland’s Yvonne O’Byrne  turns away from Jo Hunter of England during the Pool B game. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Johnny Watterson profiles the 18 hockey players and their coach

 Ireland team members stand for the national anthem before  the World Cup Pool B game against England. The disparity in resources between the two teams is stark. Photograph: Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

Rival nations field full-time athletes while Irish women pay €550 a year in an uphill battle

USA’s Jordan Spieth (left) and USA’s Xander Schauffele shake hands at the end of their rounds on the 18th during day four of the Open Championship 2018 at Carnoustie. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Sunday saw more twists and turns – and shifting allegiances – than a spy thriller

The Ireland Women’s hockey team are primed for the World Cup. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After failing agonisingly to reach the Olympics, Ireland eager for World Cup action

Germany’s Angelique Kerber celebrates after defeating Serena Williams to win the  women’s singles final at  Wimbledon. Photograph: Nic Bothma/AFP/Getty

Great American must wait for her 24th Grand Slam title as German prevails 6-3, 6-3

Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson in the men’s  singles final at  Wimbledon. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Serb completes convincing straight-sets victory over Anderson to claim Wimbledon crown

Runner-up Serena Williams and winner Angelique Kerber  with the trophies after the women’s singles final at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

German player denies American a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam

 Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his semi-final match against  Rafael Nadal on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Serb reaches fifth singles final after two-day classic

Serena Williams and  Angelique Kerber in action during the women’s final at Wimbledon in 2016. Photograph:    Julian Finney/Getty Images

Serena could win 24th Grand Slam in just 14th match into comeback

Georgia Drummy’s Junior Wimbledon is over after she and her American partner Alexa Noel lost in the doubles quarter-finals. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA

18-year-old and her American partner Alexa Noel knocked out in the quarter-finals

  Kevin Anderson (right) hugs  John Isner after winning their men’s singles semi-final match at Wimbledon. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

Big serving Friday afternoon epic was the longest semi-final in the history of Wimbledon

John Isner: Since 2010, Wimbledon has been a “house of horrors” for him. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

American in ‘very good spot’ ahead of semi-final encounter with Kevin Anderson

Serena Williams returns a shot against Julia Goerges during their women’s singles semi-final at Wimbledon. Photo: Ben Curtis/Getty Images

History chaser continues remarkable run after recently returning from giving birth

Georgia Drummy and her partner Alexa Noel are into the last eight of the girls doubles in Wimbledon. Photograph: Getty Images

The 18-year-old from Dublin and her American teammate now face number two seeds

England fans watch England’s 2018 World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

The three and a half week party is over and football is not coming home from Russia

 Kevin Anderson  celebrates winning match point against Roger Federer during their men’s singles quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Nadal also taken to five sets by Del Potro; Djokovic and Isner complete last four

  Serena Williams celebrates winning her quarter-finals against Camila Giorgi on Tuesday. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Despite success All England crowd haven’t always warmed to the American

Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro celebrates after beating France’s Gilles Simon 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 during their men’s singles fourth round clash at Wimbledon. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The Argentine has overcome injury problems to book a place in the quarter-finals

reland’s Georgia Drummy teamed up with American Alexa Noel to win their first doubles match in the Wimbledon Junior competition on Tuesday. Photo: Inpho

The 18-year-old from Dubliner lost in the girls singles event last week when she was beaten by the Chinese 10th seed Xinyu Wang

Angelique Kerber celebrates her win against Daria Kasatkina on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Serena Williams dropped a set but still eased past Camila Georgi

 Roger Federer  serves against Adrian Mannarino  during their men’s singles fourth-round match on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Opening set against Adrian Mannarino was more akin to performance art

Serena Williams  in action during the fourth-round match against Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina at Wimbledon. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina no match in Round of 16 battle of the tennis moms

  Roger Federer during practice ahead of his match with   22nd seed Adrian Mannarino. Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Reuters

Five of top 10 men’s seeds in action in week two, with Mannarino facing Federer

Andy Murray: decided he wasn’t  ready to return at Wimbledon after a long absence due to hip surgery. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Murray just the latest to discover he has been writing cheques his body can’t cash

Simon Easterby will take charge in Belfast this week. Photograph: Inpho

New head coach, Dan McFarland may not be arriving until midway through the campaign

Roger Federer: he will be 37 in August but is   bidding to claim a remarkable ninth Wimbledon men’s singles title. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The world of tennis looks more open now that it has been for some time

Michael Conlan talks at a press conference ahead of his fight against Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos in Belfast on Saturday night. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Featherweight to make pro home debut in Belfast on Saturday

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