Andrew Conway has discussed life in lockdown. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

The enforced coronavirus closure will hit golf clubs around Ireland hard. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

A man walks past the closed gates of the Stadio Olimpico in Rome - one of the host grounds for the postponed Euro 2020. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Getty/AFP

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Diego Simeone celebates Atletico Madrid’s extra-time win at Anfield. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Could Rachael Blackmore end the Festival as top jockey? Alan Crowhurst/Getty

The Cotswolds are ready to come alive despite looming threat of the coronavirus

Scott McTominay celebrates after scoring Manchester United’s second against Manchester City. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Eddie Jones and Owen Farrell ahead of England’s clash with Wales at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

FFR confirm Paris clash will go ahead as tournament picks up again at Twickenham

Ireland and Portsmouth striker Ronan Curtis jumps for the ball with Mattéo Guendouzi during his side’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Zinedine Zidane saw his Real Madrid side throw away a 1-0 lead against Man City. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/Getty/AFP

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring his side’s third goal against Chelsea with David Alaba and Alphonso Davies. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

CJ Stander gets to grips with Maro Itoje during Ireland’s defeat to England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Andy Farrell’s side after their defeat in London

 Ireland’s previous visit to Twickenham did not go to plan, but expectations are high ahead of Sunday’s clash. Photograph: Getty Images

An Irish victory at Twickenham will secure the Triple Crown - team news, TV details

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring Celtic’s fourth in their 5-0 won over Hearts, which saw the Bhoys extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

England women beat Scotland women at Murrayfield on Monday. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Johnny Sexton tries to step Tomos Williams during Ireland’s win over Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Dark days of the end of Joe Schmidt’s reign are already starting to feel well in the past’

Josh Adams scored a hat-trick against Italy. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

We look at Wayne Pivac’s defending champions ahead of Saturday’s date in Dublin

The Irish frontrow train ahead of Saturday’s clash with Wales. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy train ahead of Ireland’s clash with Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A look at Andy Farrell’s side for Saturday’s round two clash with defending champions

Conor Murray retains his place at scrumhalf ahead of John Cooney. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The defending Grand Slam champions are in town as Farrell’s side look for a second win

Shane Long is challenged by Jan Vertonghen during Southampton’s FA Cup defeat to Tottenham. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Shaun Edwards’s fingerprints were all over France’s England win. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Scotland captain  Stuart Hogg drops the ball over the line during the Six Nations game against Ireland  at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Scotland left rueing another one that got away despite improved performance

Adam Hastings starts at outhalf for Scotland in place of Finn Russell. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

We look at Gregor Townsend’s starting XV for Saturday’s clash at the Aviva Stadium

Bundee Aki has held off the challenge of a fit-again Robbie Henshaw and will partner Garry Ringrose in midfield against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Patrick Madden looks at the XV to take on Scotland in Saturday’s Six Nations opener

Johnny Sexton and Stuart Hogg will shake hands as captains before Saturday’s Six Nations opener. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Everything you need to know ahead of the opening round of the 2020 Championship

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones with new head coach Wayne Pivac. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Warren Gatland has gone but the defending champions have plenty of strength in depth

Gregor Townsend and his new Scotland captain Stuart Hogg. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Finn Russell’s disciplinary issues followed a World Cup to forget for Townsend’s side

New Franch coach Fabien Galthié with his new captain Charles Ollivon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fabien Galthié has named 19 new caps as Les Bleus look to end their 10-year title drought

Temporary Italy boss Franco Smith with new captain Luca Bigi. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Franco Smith takes charge of a side without Championship win since 2015

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with goalscorer Diogo Dalot after Manchester United’s win at Tranmere. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Eddie Jones with England captain Owen Farrell ahead of the Six Nations. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eddie Jones heading into his fifth campaign with his side the World Cup runners-up

New Ireland head coach Andy Farrell with captain Johnny Sexton. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton leads side into Championship as they bid to banish the demons of Japan

Serena Williams won her first round tie at the Australian Open in straight sets. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

James Lowe, Cian Healy and Dave Kearney in Leinster training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Munster’s chances of reaching the knockout stages are improbable, but just about possible. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Three of the four Irish sides could still be involved come the knockout stages in April

Leinster’s James Lowe offloads as he is tackled by  Noa Nakaitaci and Xavier Mignot of Lyon during the Heineken Champions Cup game at the  RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster look to confirm top seeding while Ulster and Munster face differing challenges

James Lowe’s Leinster are already through to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster, Connacht, Ulster and Munster are all in action against French opposition

Jordan Larmour has played a key role in Leinster’s unbeaten start to the season, including their 19-point haul in four Champions Cup games. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster, Ulster, Munster and Connacht all in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals

Ireland’s Callum Robinson was on target for Sheffield United against AFC Fylde. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Jose Mourino with Son Heung-Min following Tottenham’s defeat to Bayern Munich. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Freddie Ljungberg looks on during Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton at the Emirates. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Jeff Hendrick tackles David Silva during Burnley’s defeat to Manchester City. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Tiger Roll enjoys some light reading at Gordon Elliott’s yard in Meath. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Jose Mourinho celebrates after Harry Kane scores Tottenham’s fourth against Olympiakos. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Conor Hourihane and Jack Grealish celebrate after Aston Villa’s win over Newcastle United. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

The Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui, where New Zealand are hosting England in the first match of a two-Test series. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Ryan Giggs celebrates after Wales confirm their place at Euro 2020 with a 2-0 win over Hungary. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Martin Braithwaite celebrates scoring his goal against Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Christian Eriken will be Denmark’s main threat on Monday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Mick McCarthy’s side can book their place at next summer’s tournament with a victory

Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford were both on target for England against Kosovo. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Marcus Rashford scored in England’s 7-0 rout of Montenegro. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

 Ireland’s Troy Parrott chases a through ball against New Zealand. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland’s second-string impress, but can they force their way into Denmark reckoning?

Raheem Sterling has been left out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday night. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Pep Guardiola saw his Man City side beaten 3-1 at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring Manchester United’s third against Partizan Belgrade. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Kyle Walker was forced to play in goal for Manchester City against Atalanta. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Reece James celebrates after scoring Chelsea’s equaliser against Ajax. Photograph: Ian Walton/AP

The Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi withSouth Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Rassie Erasmus masterminds World Cup victory as England fall at the final hurdle

Siya Kolisi will lead South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

The Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the Rugby World Cup with The Irish Times sports team

Tom Curry and Billy Vunipola after England’s win over the All Blacks. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

The All Blacks reign is over after they were comprehensively outplayed in Yokohama

Red Star Belgrade train at the Tottenham Stadium ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Spurs. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Getty/AFP

The Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the Rugby World Cup with The Irish Times sports team

Japan’s players and staff after their Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat to South Africa. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

The Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the Rugby World Cup with The Irish Times sports team

Ireland give New Zealand a guard of honour in Tokyo. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty

‘Abysmal’ Ireland see limited game plan brutally exposed by the All Blacks in Tokyo

Ardie Savea starts for New Zealand against Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

New Zealand can avenge last year’s defeat by sticking to their natural attacking game

Joe Schmidt speaks to his Ireland squad ahead of Saturday’s clash with the All Blacks. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the Rugby World Cup with The Irish Times sports team

 Johnny Sexton has again showed how vital he is to Ireland’s cause on the pitch during thei Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

Patrick Madden looks at Joe Schmidt’s side as they face down the world champions

 Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga of the All Blacks run through drills during a  training session at Tatsuminomori Seaside Park  in Tokyo. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Patrick Madden looks at the side Steve Hansen has picked to face up against Ireland

New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett holds on to South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe  during the  Rugby World Cup Pool B game at Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It could be a game for the ages. Here is everything you need to know

Aaron Connolly shoots after coming off the bench for Ireland against Georgia. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

McCarthy’s men head to Geneva knowing a win would secure their place at Euro 2020

Japan celebrate their victory over Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

The Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the Rugby World Cup with The Irish Times sports team

Samoa perform the Siva Tau before their 38-19 defeat to Japan. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Joe Schmidt’s side know a victory in Fukuoka should ensure their place in quarter-finals

Garry Ringrose has played 240 minutes of rugby in 11 days in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the Rugby World Cup with The Irish Times sports team

Japan’s wing Kotaro Matsushima scores the crucial fourh try in his side’s win over Samoa. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

The Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the Rugby World Cup with The Irish Times sports team

Japan’s Kotaro Matsushima saw his side’s crucial fourth try against Samoa. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Rugby World Cup: Fourth try at the death against Samoa means hosts stay in control of Pool A

Rob Kearney carries to score Ireland’s opening try during their victory over Russia. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Thursday’s bonus-point win over Russia puts Schmidt’s men one victory from last eight

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are looking to bounce back against Russia on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s side look to get their tournament back on track against Bears in Kobe

Conor Murray after Ireland’s defeat to Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Defeat to Japan is damaging but Schmidt’s side still have control of their own destiny

Japan celebrate after their famous win over Ireland in Shizuoka. Photograph: Jiji Press/EPA

Famous victory for the Brave Blossoms was a shock but it was also thoroughly deserved

James Ryan continues in the secondrow alongside Iain Henderson against Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All you need to know for Joe Schmidt's team's second pool game in Shizuoka

George North scores Wales’ sixth try against Georgia. Photograph: EPA/Jiji Press

The Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the Rugby World Cup with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Greig Laidlaw consoles John Barclay during Scotland’s 27-3 in Yokohama. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty

A dominant Irish performance and a dismal Scotland showing create the perfect storm

South Africa’s Cheslin Kolbe tackles Beauden Barrett during his side’s defeat to the All Blacks in Yokohama. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

The Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Ireland prepare for Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

All you need to know as Joe Schmidt’s side begin their 2019 campaign in Yokohama

Referee Nigel Owens holds the whistle that will be used in the opening Rugby World Cup match, alongside the Webb Ellis Cup. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty

Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Steve Smith returns for the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty

Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Bundee Aki on the ball during Ireland’s recent win in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Patrick Madden looks at the 31-man party Joe Schmidt has picked to travel to Japan

Jack Leach runs to congratulate Ben Stokes after his stunning 135 not out steered England to victory at Headnigley. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Maro Itoje celebrates Saracens’ 2019 Heineken Cup final victory over Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster and Ulster face opening away trips as Connacht welcome Montpellier to Galway

Jofra Archer took 6-45 as England bowled Australia out for 179 at Headingley. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Séamus Callanan heads down the Croke Park tunnel with Liam MacCarthy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

Chris Jordan presents Jofra Archer with his Test cap at Lord’s. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty

Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

CFR Cluj manager Dan Petrescu celebrates his side’s victory over Celtic at Parkhead. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Morning Sports Briefing: Keep ahead of the game with ‘The Irish Times’ sports team

 Manchester City players celebrate with the Premier League trophy after winning the title at   Brighton back in May. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Key men, ones to watch, transfers in and out and predictions for all 20 teams

A view of the Principality Stadium, where Ireland will meet Wales on August 31st. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s side are in the Welsh capital for their penultimate World Cup warm-up

Wexford’s Paul Morris is tackled by Tipperary’s Padraic Maher during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Intimate world of hurley manufacturing still fuelling a national obsession

Toners of Lr Baggot St. Includes a bustling yard out the back that can be suitable for early and late season fixtures. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Premier League gets underway this weekend, including Man United against Chelsea

The Rugby World Cup will be Warren Gatland’s Wales swansong. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Grand Slam winners can mount a serious challenge as Warren Gatland bids farewell

AJ MacGinty in action for the USA against Ireland in 2017. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Gary Gold’s side faced with a daunting pool but have AJ MacGinty steering the ship

Uruaguay’s Felip Berchesi in action against Australia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

Spirited Los Teros will to well to avoid anything other than four pool stage defeats

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