Manager Martin O’Neill said performance on  par with that against Italy at Euro 2016 needed if Ireland  are to beat  Wales. Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill suggested yesterday that it might take a performance on a par with the one against Italy at Euro 2016 if th(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon: “I blew €20m, it went up in smoke but I safeguarded the livelihoods of 1,200 families.”  Photograph:  Claudio Villa/Getty Images

A small but significant piece of football history should unfold at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday night. Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Al(...)

France coach Guy Novès: “I hope  the players are aware Italy have got this match marked down.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

France coach Guy Novès has warned his players that they are in no position to act high and mighty against Italy in Rome on Saturday. Defeats to Irela(...)

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea: ‘No one gave us a chance against England but we showed something there.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Italy have named three changes to the starting line-up for their home match against France in the Six Nations on Saturday as coach Conor O’Shea insist(...)

 Ireland’s CJ Stander is tackled by Scotland’s Richie Gray and Allan Dell as the home side effectively focused on one-out Irish ball-carriers at Murrayfield. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

When I talk of centre of gravity and how oppositions will endeavour to attack same, there must be an understanding of the negative impact this has on (...)

Cian Healy: replaces    Jack McGrath  in the Ireland front row for the visit to Italy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The air of inflated optimism inspired by the mother of all Novembers has been deflated in one game, and it will take more than a win over Italy to ret(...)

Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte during his teams match against Arsenal on Saturday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Antonio Conte believes “blind faith” in his methods has played a key role in Chelsea’s transformation from last season’s strugglers to this season’s (...)

Italy captain Sergio Parisse and head coach Conor O’Shea: “Improving the depth of our squad is a goal.” Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalag/EPA

Italy v Wales, Stadio Olimpico, Sunday, 3pm (2pm Irish time) Conor O’Shea readily accepts that Italy’s last two Six Nations experiences against Wal(...)

Italy coach Conor O’Shea with his captain Sergio Parisse pose with the Six Nations trophy at the tournament  launch at The Hurlingham Club  in London. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

For the first time since Declan Kidney was Ireland’s head coach for the 2013 Six Nations, Wednesday’s launch featured an Irish coach in the shape of C(...)

Margaret McCaul: “We are also looking to use monitoring sensors in the Mediterranean Sea and in environments a bit closer to home in Kinvara and in Dublin Bay.”

This time of year, a lot of children are thinking about the North Pole. You are carrying out some science in the Arctic, can you tell us what you are (...)