Rugby World Cup

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RTÉ head of sport Declan McBennett: “I’m not going to apologise for coming from Monaghan where hockey and hurling were not big things.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Don’t call him the Gah Man. Just as it used to grind Ryle Nugent’s gears to be known as Mr Rugger when he was RTÉ’s head of sport, Declan McBennett ha(...)

England’s Elliot Daly scores his side’s first try against Ireland in the Six Nations tournament at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

As a sportsperson versatility is a cherished attribute within the team dynamic but it comes with a caveat. Few derive any satisfaction from being in t(...)

 Ireland may win the Six Nations but back-to-back Grand Slams are unlikely.

Gerry Thornley Who will win/will there be a Grand Slam? Ireland are the most efficient and dependable machine, although whether this biennial schedu(...)

John Mitchell talks to the England players during a training session last year. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Bravo John Mitchell. Barely a nanosecond in the job and Irish rugby is, in a few choice sound bites, one of the “best teams in the world” and will “bo(...)

Simon Zebo in action for Racing 92 against Ulster. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As Ireland look towards the Six Nations Championship and Rugby World Cup, Simon Zebo has had zero contact with Irish coach Joe Schmidt. The Racing 92 (...)

Ryan Tubridy obliterates the competition in a preview image from ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ of 2014, the most-watched programme on Irish television this century. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

As a television extravaganza, The Late Late Toy Show scores top marks. Not only was last November’s show, with an audience of 1.55 million, the most-(...)

Danny Cipriani is back in the Gloucester team to face Munster on Friday night. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Search for ‘Danny Cipriani fitness’ on Google and the first result to appear is an article in GQ magazine published on Tuesday January 8th: “Danny Cip(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony in action against the All Blacks. Will Ireland lift the Rugby World Cup this year in Japan? Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“What’ve you got there?” “I’m not sure, found it up in the attic. It’s some sort of glass ball.” “Looks like one of those old crystal balls, doesn’t(...)

Agadir in Morocco is likely to feature very highly on many Irish traveller’s plans for 2019.

As the new year starts in earnest and memories of Christmas fade, it is time to look to brighter, sunnier times ahead and share all the travel trends,(...)

Gary Halpin, director of boarding at Cistercian College, Roscrea. Photograph: John D Kelly

The man who will always be remembered for scoring Ireland’s first ever World Cup try against New Zealand has long departed the playing side of things (...)

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