Prince Andrew with solicitor Paul Tweed (centre) at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Co Antrim for  the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy on September 9th, 2019. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sideline Cut: The prince’s BBC interview betrayed a damaged moral compass

“You don’t have to win on the scoreboard. You only have to be a good person - who does their best.”

The exiting Ireland coach speaks about Irish rugby culture, his career, and the World Cup

 Martin Braithwaite of Denmark celebrates scoring. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With play-offs to come, strange and winding campaign ends on a positive note

The atmosphere was raucous and unruly, a bit like a Commons debate as chaired by John Bercow. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland give super performance in front of raucous support but search for glory goes on

Caolin Blade cuts through the Montpellier cover to score a try for Connacht during the Challenge Cup clash at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fitzgerald penalty earns Friend’s side a deeply satisfying win over Montpellier

Bundee Aki celebrates after Tom McCartney crosses for Connacht against Montpellier. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Friend’s side produce a mighty performance and start Champions Cup campaign in style

Ireland’s Seamus Coleman has words with Denmark’s Jens Stryger Larsen during the Euo qualifier at Telia Parken, Copenhagen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

This clash is a Beckett play interpreted through what can vaguely be described as football

Bundee Aki at Connacht Rugby Squad training in the Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach says self-belief is still high ahead of Montpellier clash

RTÉ, like all media organisations, is standing at a treacherous intersection and needs to cross it while figuring what it must become.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Gay Byrne’s passing may show how its relevance has diminished but it remains a national institution

Johnny Kelly (second left):  “I think all the good of the GAA was encapsulated in Borris-Ileigh over the past 18 months.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Successful coach guides Tipp champions into Munster action against Cork’s Glen Rovers

The Wales rugby squad takes part in a training session at the International Stadium Yokohama on Friday, ahead of their World Cup semi-final match against South Africa on Sunday. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

The Hollywood legend would have been proud to see his home country’s success

Ireland players face the New Zealand Haka before kick-off in Tokyo. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The fact that Rieko Ioane wasn’t even in the New Zealand matchday squad was telling

Japan’s Yutaka Nagare attempts to tackle South Africa’s Damian de Allende during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final at Tokyo Stadium. Photo: Odd Andersen/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup: Brave Blossoms have brought game to new levels in host country

New Zealand’s head coach Steve Hansen shakes hands with Ireland’s   Rory Best after the  match in Tokyo. Photi: Getty Images

New Zealand coach pays tribute to Rory Best and Joe Schmidt after World Cup win

 New Zealand’s Matt Todd scores a try in the second half. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland unable to find anything like the best of themselves against peerless New Zealand

The Tokyo Tower lit up in the colours of the Brave Blossoms during the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photograph:  Clive Rose/World Rugby via Getty Images

Will World Rugby ever have a better chance of elevating Japan’s status than right now?

Phil Coulter’s Ireland’s Call has earned a kind of begrudging acceptance over  the years through the absence of an alternative. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Compromise anthem could run deeper than symbolism of All Blacks’ celebrated Haka

South Africa players stretch during a training session in Tokyo ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan. Photo: Mark Baker

Rugby World Cup: Rassie Erasmus names same starting lineup that beat Italy

Japan’s players celebrate beating Scotland. Photo: William West/Getty Images

Against all odds, rugby is now very much in the spotlight thanks to team's exploits

 Japan’s Michael Leitch and South Africa’s  Eben Etzebeth compete for the ball at a lineout during warm-up match at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in September. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

South Africa coach impressed with hosts’ improvement through Rugby World Cup

Japan’s Michael Leitch  and Yu Tamura  celebrate victory over Scotland in Yokohama,  Japan. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Hosts send an intoxicating air through rugby’s old order as they dump out Scotland

People in a street covered with mud in Kawasaki, near Tokyo: typhoon Hagibis hit Japan provoking landslides and overflowing rivers. Photograph: Jiji Press

Japanese city takes ‘unprecedented scale’ warning seriously but escapes worst elements

A woman waves a fishermen’s flag ahead of the Fiji and Uruguay match  in Kamaishi last month. Photograph: Kyodo News via Getty Images

This rugby mad, remote Japanese outpost was almost entirely destroyed in the 2011 tsunami

The Aoyama baseball diamond in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

There are baseball batting cages all over Toyko, and they seem to be busy day and night

Men look at fishing boats as surging waves hit against the breakwater while Typhoon Hagibis approaches at a port in town of Kiho, south of Tokyo. Photo: Toru Hanai/AP Photo

Typhoon could match rainfall of 1958 storm which caused 1,000 deaths

Paul Mullen of the United States: ‘If you told me that NBA players would know of the rugby team eight years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it. To me, that says a lot.’ Photograph: Adam Pretty/World Rugby via Getty Images

Houston local is making his breakthrough in Japan and hopes sport can spread in the States

James O’Connor in action for Australia against Wales during the Pool D clash at the  Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Craig Mercer/Inpho

Australian overcomes personal problems to once again don the gold jersey at World Cup

 England’s Luke Cowan-Dickie  scores a try during the  Group C victory over Argentina at  at Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Early dismissal of Lavanini ensured Argentina challenge was unlikely to materialise

Japan fans cheer their team as they watch the Samoa match at a “fanzone” area in Tokyo. Photo: Behrouz Mehri/Getty Images

Even the notoriously low-key Tokyo police eventually warmed to the good feeling

New Zealand’s Sam Whitelock takes a selfie with the crowd after their victory over Namibia in their Rugby World Cup match at Tokyo Stadium. Photo: Franck Robichon/Getty Images

World champions facing amateur players seems attractive as well as absurd

Jack Nowell of England makes a break to score his side’s fifth try during the Rugby World Cup clash with Argentina. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Another high tackle on Owen Farrell saw another game turn on its head in the first half

 Garry Ringrose   with  Luke McGrath after the centre scored Ireland’s fifth try against on Thursday. Photograph: Getty Images

Critics gleefully wait to give the team a kicking for daring not to deliver on the promise of 2018

Irish fans   at the game between Ireland and Russia at Kobe Misaki stadium in  Hyogo, Japan. Photograph:   Kaz Photography/Getty Images

Anxiety grows that Ireland will not find the all-conquering form of last year before the tournament reaches its knock-out stage

 Ireland fans enjoy  the pre-match atmosphere prior to the  Russia game at Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Rain-soaked in costly Kobe, Joe Schmidt’s green army still have no complaints

Ireland’s Bundee Aki adds his weight to a ruck as  scrumhalf Luke McGrath holds on to the ball against Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Are they waiting to explode or are Joe Schmidt’s team on the brink of dissolution?

Japan’s Korean prop Koo Ji-won carries against Ireland during their Pool A match in Shizuoka. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Having burnt Ireland, the sun has never shone so brightly on Japanese rugby

 Referee Angus Gardner  during Japan’s win over Ireland. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

‘In regards to defence, it was pretty special in how they showed for each other’

 Wales and Australia fans show their support at Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

It was completely impossible to know which side had won and which side had lost

Billy Vunipola on the charge during England’s win over USA in Kobe last week. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Number eight says coach Eddie Jones has ‘definitely got the baggage out’

Japan lock Luke Thompson is tackled by Johnny Sexton and CJ Stander during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game at the Ecopa stadium in  Shizuoka. Photograph:   Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Luke Thompson. Michael Leitch and Shota Horie all put in huge performances in Shizuoka

Gareth Davies scores a crucial try for Wales on the stroke of half-time against the Wallabies. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty

Gatland’s side wrestle Pool D initiative off Australia after surviving second-half scare

Andrew Porter, Dave Kilcoyne and James Ryan react after the final whistle after the defeat to Japan at the Ecopa stadium in  Shizuoka. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

‘To give credit to them, I thought they were class today and they deserved their victory’

Japan prop Isileli Nakajima celebrates after his side’s famous win over Ireland. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Misery in the heat for tourists as the Brave Blossoms run the ball and take a famous bow

 Referee Nic Berry shows a red card to John Quill of  the USA following the Irishman’s   high tackle on England’s Owen Farrell during the World Cup clash in Kolbe. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Speed and huge physical strength means even legal tackles can end careers

Ireland players bow to applaud fans after the  Group A victory over Scotland in  Yokohama, Japan. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Tournament sometimes dwarfed by the scale and beautiful strangeness of its host country

Owen Farrell of England receives medical treatment during the Rugby World Cup match against USA. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Cork native John Quill saw red for his shoulder-led charge on Owen Farrell

Eddie Jones: “If they play for the team they have a better chance of putting themselves in the selection mix. It’s a marathon. The World Cup is not a sprint.” Photograph: Filippo Montefore/AFP/Getty

Relaxed England coach makes 10 changes pool meeting with USA on Thursday

 Japan’s players take part in a training session at Enshunada Coastal Park in Hamamatsu on Monday. Photograph:  Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Host nation well aware of strengths and opportunities ahead of Saturday’s game

Ireland supporters celebrate a try against Scotland during the World Cup clash in Yokohama, near Tokyo Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

The sheer scale of the city is overwhelming but rugby visitors receive a warm welcome

Chris Farrell of Ireland takes on Finn Russell of Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday. The fears and worries of Ireland’s scalding defeat in Twickenham in late August were definitively put to bed. Photograph: ©INPHO/Craig Mercer

Even the rain turned up to witness the green monster Schmidt’s defensive set-up has become

Ireland’s players bow to applaud fans after the Rugby World Cup  Group A victory over Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Memories of Twickenham melt away in Yokohama rain as Joe Schmidt’s side start on front foot

 New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett hands off  South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe during the  Rugby World Cup Pool B  at the International Stadium Yokohama. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

‘The two times they scored tries we weren’t organised. That is why they showed their class’

New Zealand’s players salute the crowd after defeating South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand soak up the punishment and turn on the style in ominous 23-13 win

 A Japanese  fan cheering for his team prior to the opening match of the  World Cup  between Japan and Russia in  Tokyo.   Photograph:  EPA/Franck Robichon

Japan as a country is devoted to custom and ritual yet its rugby team play with adventure

Russia’s Kirill Golosnitskiy and Japan’s  Kotaro Matsushima  jump for the ball during the opening  Rugby World Cup Pool A match  at the Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP

Brave Blossoms thrill Tokyo crowd as they run out 30-10 winners over Russia

 Japan player Yu Tamura    in training ahead of the opening game of the  Rugby World Cup against Russia at  Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The task of the Russians is to spoil the mood of World Cup opening night in Tokyo

TJ Perenara leads the  New Zealand  haka before the game against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium last November. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Hansen’s men are favourites to retain the Webb Ellis trophy for the third successive time

Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire as Dublin celebrate beating Kerry in the All-Ireland senior football final replay, at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Jim Gavin’s football team has broken the speed of sound, and look unbeatable

Stephen Cluxton lifts Sam Maguire as Dublin celebrate beating Kerry to make it five in a row. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Stephen Cluxton remains a man apart on night of his crowning glory

Kerry’s Jason Foley and Tom O’Sullivan tackle Con O’Callaghan of Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin and Kerry have us convinced this is a rivalry, but it’s more of a Masonic lodge

James McCarthy under pressure from Kerry’s David Moran in the drawn game. Photograph: James Crombie

He's quietly but inexorably become a cornerstone of Jim Gavin’s team

President of Fifa Gianni Infantino, Russian president Vladimir Putin and French president Emmanuel Macron during the award ceremony following the World Cup final match in Moscow last year. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty

Review: David Goldblatt’s fascinating account of how football is abused by political interests

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly shooting for a point  late in the All–Ireland final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Drawn final with Kerry shows that defending champions need more out of forward line

Jonny Cooper fouls David Clifford before being sent off during Dublin’s All-Ireland final draw with Kerry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kingdom star drew key fouls but didn’t kick on against Dublin’s 14 men after the break

Kerry and Dublin fans chat after the All-Ireland senior football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Exquisite drama but nobody is any the wiser still

If you are looking for a moment when this Kerry team grew up - when its voice broke - Killian Spillane’s goal was it. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Killian Spillane’s goal the statement of intent his team, and county, needed

Kerry’s Páidí Ó Sé is held aloft by supporters after Kerry’s victory over Dublin in the 1985 All-Ireland Football final. Ready to greed him is Kerry manager Mick O’Dwyer. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

'Kerry people feel they have to be on stage; and football is that stage for a lot of people in Kerry.'

Diarmuid Connolly scores his side’s first goal past goalkeeper David Clarke during the 2016 final replay. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side are on the brink of history but there has been plenty of drama since 2015

Kerry’s Tommy Walsh: “I was probably putting pressure on myself, and trying to do things at a hundred miles an hour, and things just weren’t coming off.”Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Recalled player looked at home against Tyrone, winning possession and coming deep

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan celebrates scoring their second goal during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Kilkenny. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Free-form hurling gives Liam Sheedy and his side their finest moment against rivals

Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan kisses the Liam MacCarthy Cup following his county’s victory over  Kilkenny in the  All-Ireland final  at Croke Park.   Photograph:   Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kilkenny had to play the second half with 14 men against a Tipp full of lethal scorers

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan receives a red card from referee James Owens towards the end of the first half of the All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Red card changed the game and the seeds of it were sown early on

John Leahy in action against Kilkenny in the 1991 All-Ireland hurling final. It was to be the only time Leahy faced Kilkenny in the final during his long career. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary great on hurling, Tipp, Kilkenny and the life lessons learned along the way

Brian Cody: The message he has communicated to 20 years  of Kilkenny hurling teams clearly travels into the deepest recesses of their brains and their souls. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Faces may change but the team still bears their remarkable manager's stamp

Republic of Ireland  manager Mick McCarthy said James McCarthy  needs some Premier League football in his legs to secure a first-team spot with Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Crystal Palace midfielder returns to Ireland squad but first-team spot not guaranteed

Kerry’s Tommy Walsh and Frank Burns of Tyrone during their All-Ireland SFC semi-final at  Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

His presence gave Kerry’s full forward line a new shape and Tyrone’s defenders a fresh worry

 Dublin’s Brian Fenton celebrates scoring his  goal. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

No team could have lived with Dublin’s show of collective power on Saturday evening

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan collides with Rob Hennelly of Mayo. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All-Ireland champions lay waste to Mayo's dreams with impressive third quarter salvo

In 2003 Tyrone whipped themselves into a welter of energy and fury and blindly crowded whatever player in green and gold happened to have the football. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manner of the seminal 2003 semi-final victory established a keen rivalry that would last a decade

  Mayo’s Fionn McDonagh surrounded by fans after the victory over Donegal at MacHale Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The loyal army of Mayo fans are heading for Croke Park and another date with Dublin – and destiny

Mat Donovan leads his Knocknagow team in a game of hurling in the earliest surviving footage of hurling on film (Knocknagow, Film Company of Ireland, 1918)

The presentation of Gaelic games from short films in the US to TV deals of the modern day

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Chris Barrett celebrate after the victory over Mayo in Castlebar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal feel the pain in the evening rain, as Mayo set-up semi-final showdown

  Mayo manager James Horan celebrates at the final  whistle following the victory over Donegal at McHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo contingent looking forward to another big date at Croke Park

 Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Chris Barrett celebrate after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Long road leads back to Croke Park after Super 8s win over Donegal

Mayo’s Martin Carney is blocked down by Dublin’s Barney Rock during the 1985 All-Ireland semi-final replay. Photograph: Inpho

‘I would love to see Mayo win an All-Ireland,’ says proud Donegal native who served both counties with distinction

 David Clarke celebrates after Mayo’s victory over Galway in round four of the football qualifiers  at the LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sideline Cut: The worst fears of the anti-Sky lobby will come to pass in Castlebar

Boris Johnson waves the Olympic flag before passing it over  to IOC President Jacques Rogge, who passes it to Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Photograph:  Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Tory leader entered the subconscious of the British public, disarming everyone as he went

Hogan the figurehead on a new, young Kilkenny side that is learning on the hoof

Dublin’s Dean Rock scores a goal during the Super 8s victory over Roscommon at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gulf in class apparent as once again champions ease into All-Ireland semi-finals

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley fires home  a goal against Roscommon at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gavin says champions won’t alter their approach for visit to Tyrone

The Roscommon players after the game. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

If it were boxing, throwing in the white towel would have been the right thing to do

Shaun Patton celebrates following Donegal’s victory over Cavan in the Ulster final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Former soccer goalkeeper’s prodigious kickouts a huge factor in his side’s game plan

Rory McIlroy  reacts on the 6th tee during the second round of the 148th Open Championship  at Royal Portrush on Friday. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Sideline Cut: The Northern Irishman struggled to reconnect with his 16-year-old self

Jack Nicklaus of the USA waves to the crowd as he stands on the Swilcan bridge in his last British Open. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty

Major record holder believes Rory McIlroy still has his best golf ahead of him

Cavan’s Ciaran Brady tackles Peter Harte of Tyrone during their All-Ireland SFC round 4 qualifier at St Tiernach’s Park, Clones, Co Monaghan on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mickey Harte: ‘I don’t think any of the three he got were anything close to a black card’

Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly is tackled by Conor Brady. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mickey Harte’s side dazzle in the sun as they deliver an ominous masterclass in efficiency

Kevin Walsh: he reversed a loose, drifting era of Galway football since he took the helm as manager. They have won two Connacht titles since and contested a league final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Victory over Mayo and a place in the Super 8s will make the season look a lot different

Aidan O’Shea’s Mayo take on Galway on Saturday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork face Laois and Cavan take on Tyrone before Connacht rivals clash in Limerick

Down could find themselves without any opportunity to play the top teams and to learn and improve as they go. How does that help Down?  Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

It’s hard to see how it would improve the lot of those counties destined to feature in it

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates with fans after the victory over Tipperary in the Munster SHC Final at the  LIT Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland champions show remarkable transformation from round-robin meeting

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