Ireland will play the West Indies at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday, March 10th as part of the 2019 World Cup qualifiers. Photograph:  Hamish Blair/Allsport

Zimbabwe will host tournament in March to decide final two qualifiers

Leinster’s Cian Healy in action against Exeter Chiefs’ Olly Woodburn  during the  Champions Cup game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Prop had extra week added on to suspension for recent poor disciplinary record

A general view from Malahide Cricket Ground where Ireland will take on Pakistan in their first ever Test match next year. Photo: Rowland White/Inpho

Australia will visit Ireland in two years ahead of the next Ashes series against England

Chris Gayle in action against Ireland during the 2015 World Cup game at   Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph: Chris Symes/Inpho/Photosport

World’s most destructive white-ball cricketer is in Belfast for one-day international

Ulster’s Rory Best leaves the field for a HIA assessment during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Munster at  Thomond Park in April, 2017. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

World Rugby chief medical officer says amendment ‘will further promote a thorough and calm assessment’

Jack Tector: The Ireland under-19 captain  has impressed at all levels this summer

Ireland face Netherlands in Intercontinental Cup clash at Malahide

A general view of the main square  at the European Cricket Performance Centre in La Manga

Ireland and Scotland join forces in European Cricket Performance Centre

Head coach John Bracewell is to leave Cricket Ireland at the end of his contract in December. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Kiwi has opted to depart at end of contract as Ireland prepare for full-member status

 A general view of Court 8 during Jack Sock’s first-round game against Christian Garin of Chile on Tuesday. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

American star invites fan to future games; all four Grand Slams also offer towels

Ireland can now look forward to  taking on England in a Test match at Lord’s – possibly as early as 2019. Photograph: Clare Skinner/MCC/Inpho

ICC’s historic decision to grant Ireland full membership a massive boost to the sport

Decision means Ireland will be able to play Test cricket against the world’s best sides

 Leona Maguire completed a brilliant week by adding academic All-American honours to  second Annika Award as the best women’s player in American college golf. Photograph:   Kevin C Cox/Getty Images

Cavan golfer adds All-America academic honour after becoming first player to win Annika Award twice

 Ireland captain  William Porterfield during the match against  England at Lord’s. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ireland will face a full-strength Tigers side preparing for Champions Trophy

A spectator keeps himself protected form the afternoon sun at Lord’s, where Ireland were beaten by England. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Porterfield’s side give a far better account of themselves in front of 5,000 Irish at Lord’s

Mark Wood celebrates the wicket of William Porterfield as England beat Ireland comfortably at Lord’s. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Eoin Morgan’s side post imposing total before visitors’ chase fades in the sunshine

The new £25 million Warner Stand at Lord’s was opened this week. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Ireland take on England for the first ever time at the ‘Home of Cricket’ on Sunday

England’s Adil Rashid celebrates a wicket during their one day international win over Ireland in Bristol. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Yorkshire’s Adil Rashid did most of the damage in heavy defeat for Ireland in Bristol

Ireland’s Ed Joyce in training ahead of the One-Day International with England in Bristol. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Encounter with old enemy should focus minds after Afghanistan nightmare in India

Benetton Treviso outhalf  Ian McKinley in action against Leinster in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at  Stadio Monigo in February. Photograph: Alfio Guarise/Inpho

Outhalf returned to rugby after losing the sight in his left eye

Ireland cricketer  Ed Joyce at the launch of the sponsorship deal between Cricket Ireland and Turkish  Airlines at the offices of  the Irish Aviation Authority in Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

ICC outline criteria to apply for full membership; vote would take place in London

Ireland’s  Paul Dunne  plays a bunker shot during the third round of the Trophee Hassan II at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam  in Rabat, Morocco. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Irish golfer two shots clear going into final round of Trophee Hassan II

Ireland batsman Andrew Balbirnie is in line to play against Afghanistan in the Intercontinental Cup clash in India. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Intercontinental Cup encounter in India set to be played in extreme heat

Ireland could be playing regular Test and One-Day International cricket in 2019 as the International Cricket Council look at overhauling the game. Photograph:   Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

ICC look set to radically overhaul international game from 2019

Ulster centre Luke Marshall. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye/

Prop alleged to have made contact with the eye area of Ulster centre during Champions Cup game in France

Referee Mathieu Reynal blows his whistle to award  a try after Connacht’s Naulia Dawai touched down   late in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at The Sportsground on Saturday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

EPCR admit referee’s error in awarding late Connacht lineout; Northampton may face investigation into selection

 Jamie Heaslip celebrates scoring Ireland’s  fourth try in the Six nations game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium in March. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Japan’s Kaito Shigeno and New Zealand’s TJ Perenara also shortlisted

Ireland players Craig Gilroy, Rob Kearney  and Devin Toner walk past a sportswear store in Chicago on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s side aim to stop New Zealand making it 19 Test wins in a row on Saturday

Durham bowler Barry McCarthy could be in line to make his Ireland internatinal debut in the first KPC Series One-Day International against Sri Lanka at Malahide on Thursday. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Conditions could favour home side in Malahide for two One-Day Internationals

Barry McCarthy bowling for Durham during their county championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Bowler rewarded after string of fine performances for Durham

Chris Adams has reversed his decision to become the new manager of Cricket Ireland’s national academy due to family reasons. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Former England player cites family reasons for not taking up national academy position

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets his supporters as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana. Photograph: Tannen Maury

Republican candidate’s anti-immigration speech used to promote summer tournament to be hosted by United States

New Zealand’s Ryan Crotty crosses the line to break Irish hearts during the 2013 autumn  international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Main ticket categories go up €20 from epic meeting in 2013

Ireland internationals Ed Joyce and Kevin O’Brien bowl to members of the St Vincent’s College, Castleknock first-year cricket team at the launch of the Cricket Ireland Strategic Plan at  Smithfield Square in Dublin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Governing body aims to boost participation by targeting club game for growth

Dinesha Devnarain of South Africa in action with Mary Waldron of Ireland during the Women’s ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Group A match. Photo: Christopher Lee-IDI/IDI via Getty Images

South African leg-spinner Sune Luus proved the match-winner for her side

Indian security personnel stand alert ahead of the World T20 cricket tournament at The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s form has been mixed for John Bracewell’s side in recent times at T20

The Euro 2016 soccer trophy on display in Paris on Wednesday at an event to mark 100 days to the start of the competition. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

TV3 to show 22 games including shared coverage of final

US Amateur champion  Hannah O’Sullivan is part of a young USA selection for June’s Curtis Cup match against Britain and Ireland  at Dún Laoghaire Golf Club. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

US Amateur champion part of talented selection for matches at Dún Laoghaire GC

Crystal Palace defender believed to be reconsidering his international retirement

The  par-three at TPC Scottsdale, host to this week’s Phoenix Open. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

‘Eldrick’ aces hole on just its fifth attempt to set off wild scenes in grandstands

The  Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka will host games in the Under-19 World Cup. Photograph:   Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images

Australia pull out of tournament over security concerns in country

The HPCA Stadium in  Dharamsala will host the Ireland men’s side for the first round of the World Twenty20 in March. Photograph:   Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

Women drawn in tough group including defending champions Australia

Ireland celebrate as West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels walks from the field after being caught with LBW by Ireland’s bowler George Dockrell. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland led the fight for the second-tier nations with three wins in the tournament

Billy Walsh at Dublin Airport on Thursday morning as he departed for the United States. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Ireland coach releases statement contradicting claims over contract talks

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has played down rumours linking him with any possible vacancy with England. Photograph:    Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Ireland coach downplays talk linking him with England post if vacancy should arise

Ed Joyce made 53 in Ireland’s first innings total of 219-8 against Zimbabwe in Harare. Photograph: Inpho

John Bracewell’s side pipped by two wickets in Harare after failing to fire with the bat

Ed Joyce: “We’ve got an experienced side and I think if ever we have a chance of running Australia close or beating them then it’s going to be tomorrow.” Photograph: Inpho.

Kevin O’Brien misses Stormont fixture due to hamstring injury

Ireland captain William Porterfield said: “We want to be playing regularly against top sides and these fixtures are a very welcome first step.” Photograph: Inpho

Ireland will play two One-Day Internationals against both sides next summer in Ireland

Paul Stirling batting against Jersey during the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at  Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Victories for the USA and Hong Kong edge victorious Ireland over World Twenty20 line

Ireland’s Andrew Balbirnie. Photograph: William Cherry

Fellow hosts Scotland fell to their second defeat of the weekend

Ireland captain William Porterfield on his way to an unbeaten 56  in the seven-wicket victory over Namibia at the ICC  World Twenty20 Qualifier at Stormont in  Belfast. Photograph:  William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Skipper William Porterfield makes success of move to No 3 with unbeaten 56

Ireland’s Tyrone Kane at the World Twenty20 qualifier warm-up match in Belfast. Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

Alex Cusack and Tyrone Kane both strike in their opening overs

Waringstown overcame Clontarf at Castle Avenue on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Tyrone Kane’s century helped propel Merrion into the semi-finals of Irish Senior Cup

Leinster Lightning’s John Mooney: claimed the first century in the competition’s three-year history. Photograph: Inpho

John Mooney’s side deny North West Warriors a run-rate bonus point to claim title

Coach Matt O’Connor talks to the  Leinster players during the Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon in Marseille. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former coach believes managing expectation will be key for whoever takes over post

Tyrone Kane took three wickets in his first over in international cricket as Ireland lost by six wickets to Scotland at Bready. Photo:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Scotland win the first of three-game Twenty20 series by six wickets

Dom Joyce returned to interprovincial action in Rathmines yesterday

Joyce returns to interprovincial action after an 11-year-gap

Ireland’s George Dockrell catches Muhammed Naveed to secure victory over the United Arab Emirates in the Intercontinental Cup clash at Malahide. Photo:    Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Craig Young strikes in first over at Malahide to secure innings and 26 run win over UAE

Ireland’s Craig Young celebrates taking a wicket against the UAE during the InterContinental Cup clash at Malahide. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Team will return to Malahide today in a bid to finish the job

 Football Association of Ireland  statement addressing the €5 million settlement agreement with Fifa to drop legal action over the Thierry Henry handball that kept the country out of the 2010 World Cup.

Debt was subsequently written off at the end of 2014 ‘in view of the FAI’s financial situation’

FAI chief executive John Delaney has confirmed the association received a payment from Fifa resulting from the fall-out from the Thierry Henry handball incident in a World Cup play-off. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI threatened to take legal action over Thierry Henry handball incident in World Cup play-off

Ireland’s John Mooney celebrates taking a wicket with team-mates at Malahide.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan.

United Arab Emirates still 136 runs short of follow-on total

Ireland’s William Porterfield and Paul Stirling in action during the InterContinental Cup match against UAE at Malahide. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Paul Stirling plays second fiddle with outstanding score of 146

Ireland’s William Porterfield and Paul Stirling congratulate each other in Malahide. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Bracewell’s first day in charge ends on 420 for three after being put into bat

Tim Murtagh (L) is back in the Ireland side after recovering from a hamstring injury. Photograph: Inpho

John Bracewell’s tenure set to begin in a four-day game at Malahide

In July’s qualifiers 14 nations will bid for six places at next year’s finals in India

Ireland to open their campaign on July 10th at Stormont against Namibia

Ireland’s Stuart Thompson (above),  Andy McBrine (42) and Stuart Thompson (41) made contributions which grew in importance as the day wore on. Photograph: Inpho

North West Warriors impress in Interprovincial Championship at Clontarf

Kevin Pietersen hit a career-best 326 not out for Surrey in their match against Leicestershire at The Oval as he continues to try and earn a recall to the England Test side.  File photograph: Tony Marshall/PA

Kevin Pietersen hits career-best 326 not out to boost hopes of Test return

England coach Peter Moores, whose tenure seems to be coming to an end, leaves Malahide Cricket Club after his side’s ODI against Ireland was washed out. Photograph: Getty

Cricket Ireland will offer free tickets to fans who attended washed out ODI at Malahide

Ireland captain William Porterfield: “Everything we are doing is about winning.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Ireland captain William Porterfield makes 200th appearance for his country

John Bracewell: “I’ve played the sit in a leather chair behind a big desk sort of thing and thought while it looks good, it might seem comfortable, I actually don’t feel good, it doesn’t feel natural to me. I’d rather have a hammer than a pencil.” Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

New Ireland cricket coach will take an observational role for Friday’s ODI against England

Pakistan are set to host Zimbabwe in a series of games at the Gaddafi  Stadium in Lahore in May, the first time a Test-playing nation has toured the country since 2009. Photo:  Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan is encouraging admits chief executive Warren Deutrom

Former New Zealand and Gloucestershire coach John Bracewell  has been named as the new Ireland coach. Photo:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Ireland skipper William Porterfield looking forward to working with former coach again

Ireland captain William Porterfield will win his 200th cap at the forthcoming One-Day International in Malahide. Photograph: Rowland White/INPHO

William Porterfield to take his 200th cap at the Royal London One-Day International against England at Malahide on May 8th

Australian captain Michael Clarke says his side have yet to peak at the Cricket World Cup  despite beating India in the semi-final. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland set to battle it out for two places on offer at 2018 qualifier in Bangladesh

Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland Chief Executive, says the search for Ireland’s new head coach will be fast-trackd. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Former New South Wales coach Matthew Mott is likely to be sounded out

Ireland coach Phil Simmons looks set to take over the West Indies job. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

After eight years the Trinidad native looks set to depart for his former international side

Ireland captain William Porterfield celebrates his century with team-mate Gary Wilson during the World Cup Pool B match against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 101 pushed Ireland to an early exit

Ireland outhalf  Johnny Sexton gestures during the Six  Nations match against Wales  at the Millennium Stadium in  Cardiff. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

‘We probably lost the battle in the air and we got slow ruck ball in that second half’

At 7’ 1” Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan will present the Ireland batsman with a serious test in the Pool B encounter between the sides at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Photograph:   Fiona Goodall/AFP/Getty Images

Phil Simmons’s side look to repeat victory over Pakistan from 2007 in last pool game

Younis Khan wants Pakistan to beat Ireland as a tribute to former coach Bob Woolmer, who died the day after Pakistan lost to Ireland at the 2007 World Cup in Jamaica. Photograph:   Nigel Marple/Reuters

Former Pakistan coach died after Ireland’s shock World Cup win in Jamaica in 2007

Cricket Ireland have condemned an article in the Zimbabwe Herald which referenced John Mooney (above). Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

All-rounder John Mooney was referenced as an ‘alcoholic’

Alex Cusack of Ireland is congratulated by team-mates after getting the wicket of Zimbabwe’s Tawanda Mupariwa to secure a five-run victory during the World Cup Pool B game in Hobart. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

World champions India next up after tense last-over victory over Zimbabwe

Alex Cusack is congratulated by Ireland  team-mates Kevin O’Brien and Ed Joyce  after getting the wicket of Tawanda Mupariwa of Zimbabwe  to complete a five-run win in their Pool B World Cup game  at Bellerive Oval  in Hobart. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Alex Cusack’s heroics with the ball add to great knocks from Ed Joyce and Andrew Balbirnie

Ireland coach Phil Simmons believes his side have the edge over Zimbabwe ahead of the World Cup Pool B meeting between the sides in Hobart. Photograph:  Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Coach targets victory in World Cup clash after heavy South Africa defeat

Ireland’s Andy McBrine  celebrates after he dismissed South Africa captain AB de Villiers  during the World Cup Pool B match at Manuka Oval in Canberra. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Ireland captain says squad must move on with Zimbabwe game on horizon

 AB de Villiers’s ability to play shots 360 around the crease makes him a very difficuly batsman to bowl to. Photograph:     Matt King/Getty Images

World’s No 1 batsman AB de Villiers in top form ahead of Tuesday’s Pool B game in Canberra

Ireland’s Gary Wilson in action against the UAE during Wednesday’s World Cup Pool B victory at the Gabba, Brisbane Cricket Ground. Photograph: Tertius Pickard/Inpho

Ireland coach to be interviewed for the position of West Indies manager

George Dockrell celebrates scoring the winning runs in Ireland’s two-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates at the Gabba. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

George Dockrell clinched a final-over victory in thrilling Cricket World Cup match

Andre Russell’s power hitting is a devastating weapon at the bottom of the West Indies order. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

West Indies come back from the dead as India set out to defend their title

 Jonathan Sexton played 66 minutes of Racing Metro’s 13-13 draw with Clermont Auvergne at Stade Yves-du-Manoir in Saturday’s Top 14 clash. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland outhalf is timed out attempting early penalty against Clermont Auvergne

 Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield and Niall O’Brien of Ireland celebrate the wicket of Darren Bravo of the West Indies during the  World Cup match at Saxton Oval  in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Category two storm set to hit Queensland base on Friday morning

John Mooney celebrates sealing an impressive Irish victory in New Zealand. Photograph: Chris Symes/Inpho/Photosport

Ireland are responsible for three of the five 300-plus chases in Cricket World Cup history

Niall O’Brien believes Ireland have a chance of an upset in the opening World Cup Pool B game against the West Indies in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph:   Liam McBurney/PA

Opening World Cup clash in New Zealand will set tone for campaign

Andrew Balbirnie and the Ireland squad enjoy a game of rugby during a squad training session at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney, Australia.  Photograph: Barry Chambers/INPHO

Phil Simmons’s side look to put warm-up losses behind them for West Indies opener

William Porterfield, in his third tournament, will lead Ireland in the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. (Photograph: Peter Parks /AFP/Getty Images)

Get to know the players carrying Irish hopes down under in the 2015 Cricket World Cup

Cricket Ireland’s  Craig Young, Kevin O’Brien and Max Sorensen. (Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

Answers to the vital questions about the format of the 2015 Cricket World Cup

Brett Lee has taken up a short-term deal with Cricket Ireland to act as bowling coach during Ireland’s World Cup warm-up period in Sydney. The 38-year-old Australian retired from all cricket last month. Photograph:  Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Australian fast-bowling legend agrees short-term deal for warm-up stages in Sydney

 Ireland will play their first Friday night Six Nations match away to Wales at the Millennium Stadium on March 3rd, 2017. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Six Nations fixtures announced for 2016 and 2017 include Friday game against Wales in Cardiff

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Afghanistan will also join 10 Full Member countries in direct qualification process for 2019 World Cup

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