Warren Gatland: “I don’t know what planet he’s on but I was on a different tour to him if he thought we should have won comfortably.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Warren Gatland has revealed he was hurt by Seán O’Brien’s public criticism of the coaching on the summer British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand(...)

Ireland’s win against Wales, courtesy of James McClean’s winning goal, brings the national team closer to a place at the World Cup – and reminds us that international soccer has a way of subverting the rules of global power. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With Ireland’s win against Wales, Martin O’Neill’s team is within two matches of a spot at the World Cup – another reminder that international soccer (...)

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma. South Africa’s appeals court has ruled that Zuma must face a range of corruption charges. File photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

South Africa’s appeals court has ruled that the country’s president, Jacob Zuma, must face a range of corruption charges that were controversially dro(...)

The crude divorce rate in Ireland is 0.6 per cent, according to the Eurostat.

Ireland’s divorce rate remains remarkably low when compared with the rest of Europe and the wider world. According to the April 2016 census, as publi(...)

 Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong is  tackled during their victory over Munster on Saturday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

The cornerstones of not conceding points in rugby are discipline and defence. While the switch from the Guinness Pro14 to the Champions Cup and Chall(...)

Simon Zebo: “Simon looks good to go,” said Erasmus. “I think he will be available this weekend.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After Munster’s media briefing at the University of Limerick, Rassie Erasmus was told that he once played against Reggie Corrigan. “Really, when?” (...)

Emmerson Mnangagwa was  stripped of his  influential post in an overnight cabinet reshuffle. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has demoted one of the main contenders to succeed him as leader of the country’s ruling party, stripping him of an (...)

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa takes part in a press conference in London, England. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

With less than three months to go to the poll that decides who will become the next leader of South Africa’s ruling ANC party, the election campaign b(...)

Leinster captain Isa Nacewa suffered a calf strain in Leinster’s defeat in South Africa to the Cheetahs. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster have something of a midfield injury crisis heading into the first defining period of their season. Compounding the long-term absence of Garr(...)

Scott Baldwin came in for a ribbing from his coach after Friday’s 44-25 defeat.  Photograph: Scott Baldwin Twitter page

Wales hooker Scott Baldwin has apologised after being bitten on the hand while trying to pet a lion in South Africa, causing him to miss Ospreys’ defe(...)