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One of the many headlines in the English media after the USA won back-to-back World Cups last week referred to the team being more respected than love(...)

 Cori Gauff in action during her second round match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Photograph: Getty Images

A few years ago some of the eastern European players, whose English was often broken learned some whole phrases to pepper their conversations in inter(...)

Peter O’Mahony with Sean O’Brien  during yesterday’s captain’s run for Ireland at the  Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: Wales v Ireland Kick off: 2.45pm. Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will start at 2pm.&(...)

 Saturday’s clash in Cardiff will mark Joe Schmidt’s 30th and last Six Nations game as Ireland’s head coach, and also Warren Gatland’s 50th and last for Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland appear to have drawn something of a short straw again. Playing England first-up they ran into a hugely motivated team who’d had a fortnight t(...)

Liam Turner: “All the coaches are really helpful, so I have come on in leaps and bounds in terms of conditioning and rugby knowledge.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Liam Turner rolls his eyes good naturedly and smiles; he knows the question is coming. After all, it’s hard to be inconspicuous having previously worn(...)

Warren Gatland has won three Six Nations titles with Wales (albeit none since 2013), including two Grand Slams. Photograph: PA Wire

Last Monday week at the Rugby Union Writers’ Club’s annual awards banquet in London, Warren Gatland was asked how Wales would do in this year’s Guinne(...)

Bundee Aki at Tuesday’s Ireland Rugby press conference, Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It seems safe to presume that no Ireland player will have more familial support on this tour than Bundee Aki, but the way he tells it, this comes(...)

Keith Earls with his Irish Players’ Player of the Year 2018 award at the Zurich Irish Rugby Awards. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Keith Earls has been awarded the Irish Players’ Player of the Year for 2018 by his fellow players at the Zurich Irish Rugby Awards ceremony in Dublin.(...)

Tadhg Furlong and Jordi Murphy: the Wexford man has his granny lighting Lourdes candles  for him at home on the big rugby occasions. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After the weekend that was in it you couldn’t but conclude that Australian cricket and Oxford rowing could do with some help from Granny Furlong, both(...)

Eddie Jones: has presided over England’s fall from Six Nations champions last year to fifth place this season. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Eddie Jones retains the backing of the Rugby Football Union despite England’s dismal fifth-place finish in the Six Nations. Ireland were crowned Gra(...)

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