Ireland celebrate with their silver medals after their field hockey World Cup final loss to the Netherlands. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty Images

On the face of it the additional €500,000 for Hockey Ireland on top of the 2018 allocation is a winner for the sport and particularly the women’s nati(...)

The France team celebrating after lifting the World Cup in Moscow. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis

It was the highest scoring World Cup final for more than 50 years, which just goes to show that goals aren’t everything. France won, of course, and th(...)

Outhalf Dan Carter, who missed the last final in 2011 through injury, training with Beauden Barrett. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

The All Blacks starting team for tomorrow’s World Cup final picked itself. That tells us as much about their state of health, the planning of Steve Ha(...)

Australian flanker David Pocock: “I’ve absolutely loved the game of rugby and I’m so grateful for the opportunity that it’s given me.” Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

David Pocock is different. That he should bring an entirely new dimension to this week’s World Cup final build-up with his open invitation to David At(...)

When the word is mentioned, Keven Mealamu and Sam Whitelock inhale deeply, glance down at their feet for a second, then lock eyes with the one guarant(...)

The Late Late Toy Show was Ireland’s most watched programme last year with an  average audience of 1,594,000.

A programme about toys presented by a man wearing a silly jumper topped the list of Ireland’s most-watched programmes in 2014. The Late Late Toy Show (...)