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Ireland v Georgia: The scrums were shambolic and referee Mathieu Raynal penalised incessantly, without ever changing player behaviour.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The Aviva Stadium saw a poor, grim performance by Ireland, way, way below their international Tier One status. Very hard to watch. Georgia can be more(...)

 Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona shaking hands with his doctor Leopoldo Luque in Olivos, Buenos Aires province two weeks before his death.   Photograph: Diego Maradona press office/AFP via Getty Images

Argentine justice officials on Sunday seized medical files from the doctor of Diego Maradona as part of their investigation into the recent death of t(...)

 Diego Maradona confronted by a posse of Belgium defenders during the 1982 Wold Cup in Spain. File photograph: Allsport

With the death this week of Diego Armando Maradona from a heart attack the most extraordinary Argentine life of them all has come to a close. Buenos (...)

It wasn’t just Diego Maradona’s outrageous skill on the pitch that made him such an icon, it was also his human frailty as he struggled with addiction. Photograph: Jorge Duran/AFP via Getty Images

The scale of the world reaction to the death of Diego Maradona illustrated the stature of a footballer who lifted himself from the depths of poverty i(...)

 Diego Maradona’s body   at the  chapel of the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Argentinian Presidency/AFP via Getty Images

Diego Maradona’s agent and lawyer has vowed to take action after images emerged of three funeral workers posing next to the late Argentinian football(...)

Argentina’s Diego Maradona scores his ’Hand of God’ goal past English goalkeeper Peter Shilton at the 1986 World Cup. Photo:  Bob Thomas/Getty Images

In the 1920s, as Argentina, a booming immigrant nation, sought a sense of identity, it became apparent that football was one of the few things that bo(...)

A file combination photograph of Jupiter (L) and Saturn as taken by the Subaru telescope on Mount Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii. Photograph: Tokyo Astronomical Observatory

For some celestial events you really do have to wait almost a lifetime. Jupiter and Saturn met three times in the sky during 1981, but it was while I(...)

Ireland’s Joy Neville is the first woman to officiate (as TMO) in a Tier One Test match. File photograph: Inpho

Twickenham provided a strange affair. The first half gave us a kicking duel, with neither team showing any appetite to play an expansive game. The sec(...)

Pablo Matera with his Argentina team mates, celebrating their victory against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty Image

In devising a game plan to defeat the might of New Zealand, Argentina coach, Mario Ledesma, accepted that the Kiwis had more skill and pace than his P(...)

Tempers flare between Ireland and Wales players during the Autumn Nations Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alun Wyn Jones had demanded a Welsh win and his team were fully “up” for their visit to Dublin on Friday evening. The passionate singing of Land of (...)

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