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 Piri Weepu of the All Blacks leads the Haka before the third Test match against France in June at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth in New Zealand. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen continued his gradual overhaul of the world champion All Blacks by yesterday dropping experienced scrumhalf Piri Weepu (...)

Eithne Sweeney and Myles Henaghan: put their marriage through stress testing by sailing a 35ft boat across two major oceans

Returning home is one move, but returning home by sea is another. And when that involves sailing a 35ft boat across two major oceans, it may be one of(...)

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Fancy staying in Hobbiton? At Woodlyn Park, a motel complex near the Waitomo Caves on New Zealand’s North Island, two hours from Auckland, you can sta(...)

Millner John Shevlin dressed as James Joyce at Smock Alley Theatre for the launch of the Bloomsday festival last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bloomsday this year will be an international affair with a 36 hour reading marathon that spans the globe. Readings of James Joyce’s Ulysses will begin(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam

Connacht have announced the signing of 20-year-old Jake Heenan from New Zealand on a three year deal. An abrasive openside flanker, Heen(...)

Ulster fullback Jared Payne has been named in the Barbarians squad.  Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster fullback Jared Payne has signed a new three-year deal with Ulster, on the day he was named alongside Munster prop BJ Botha in the Barbar(...)

 New Connacht head coach Pat Lam. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pat Lam has been in Galway for eight days now and already the incoming Connacht coach says he’s “absolutely loving it”. The daily sunshin(...)

Incoming Connacht head coach Pat Lam at the  Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Incoming Connacht head coach Pat Lam arrived to a sun-drenched Sportsground today. He will take over from Eric Elwood at the end of the season.(...)

  England's James Anderson appealing during the Second Test match at Hawkins Basin Reserve, Wellington: Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

James Anderson stands on the verge of becoming just the fourth Englishman to take 300 Test wickets, but knows the five he still needs may have(...)

Blackrock centre Gary Ringrose makes his break to score a try in the first half at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The passing of the mantle will have to wait. Blackrock College remain the dominate rugby school in Leinster. Perhaps even the world. Jus(...)

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