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Ian Madigan in action for Leinster against Biarritz in the Challenge Cup semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

Two players who will not feature on the Lions tour to Australia this summer, Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Glasgow’s Tim Visser, have polled highest i(...)

’I just got wind of it by the fact that everyone was avoiding me and no-one was making eye-contact with me.’ - Rory Best

Ireland hooker Rory Best was as shocked as his Ulster team-mates when news broke of his omission from the Lions squad to tour Australia in June(...)

Chris Henry in action against Leinster’s Sean Cronin

From an Ulster point of view maybe this week’s good fortune has arrived in Warren Gatland’s indifference to the claims of Rory Best. That the p(...)

Alan Quinlan being announced as a member of the Lions squad in 2009. He had been so far off the radar when players were being photographed in team gear during the season that his head had to be superimposed on Martyn Williams’s body when he was selected. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I woke up yesterday morning with the strangest feeling. It was neither good or bad, just strange. I was feeling nervous in a way but not for an(...)

An Australian man has pleaded guilty to murdering Dubliner David Greene, above. Photograph: Victoria Police/PA Wire

An Australian man has pleaded guilty to murdering Dubliner David Greene, whose head was repeatedly stamped on during a party at a Melbourne boa(...)

 England captain Chris Robshaw  has not been selected for the Lions tour to Australia. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Former England and Lions outhalf Stuart Barnes has criticised Warren Gatland’s decision to omit England captain Chris Robshaw from his squad to(...)

Lions captain Sam Warburton (centre)  shakes hands with tour manager Andy Irvine (left) and head coach Warren Gatland today.   Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images for HSBC

Sam Warburton described his appointment as British and Irish Lions captain for the 2013 tour to Australia as the “hardest secret I’ve ever had (...)

Wales flanker Sam Warburton will lead the Lions Down Under. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Nine Irish will join Wales flanker and Lions captain Sam Warburton for this summer’s tour of Hong Kong and Australia. Ten English have been sel(...)

The Bulletin magazine, founded in 1880, once said that all “true Australians are white men”(...)

Funny things, expectations: people get all affronted by stories of doping in athletics, or cycling, or football, tennis, bog-snorkelling, but w(...)

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