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Brian O’Driscoll dives over the line to score a try for the of the British and Irish Lions during the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane in June 2001. Photograph: David Rogers/Allsport

These have been grim times for everybody, but some people had the good fortune to cope with the various lockdowns better than others. For young parent(...)

 Cathy Wintsch enjoying an early game of Paddy’s Day golf in Geneva, Switzerland

This week we asked what you’ll be doing on a St Patrick’s Day like no other – wherever you are in the world. Here’s what you told us It just didn’t f(...)

John Porch has shone for Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Not having the budgets of their competitors in the Guinness Pro14, never mind the Premiership and Top 14, Connacht have always had to shop for bargain(...)

Tadhg Beirne returns from injury to partner Fineen Wycherley in the Munster  secondrow for the game against Connacht on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster v Connacht, Aviva stadium, Sunday, 3.0 – Live on Eir Sport, deferred coverage on TG4 Munster will require a couple of points from Sunday’s ga(...)

Emma Power with her three children during the lockdown in New Zealand.

After 52 days of lockdown with my three children and husband, we were told that New Zealand was winning the battle against coronavirus. In the Bay of (...)

White Island eruption: a survivor being taken to hospital. Photograph: Joe Carrett/EPA

Although we were, thankfully, spared images of severely burnt victims, last month’s major burns event in New Zealand gripped the world. The Whakaari, (...)

An aerial view of White Island, where a military team hopes to recover the bodies of eight people believed to have been killed when the volcano erupted. Photograph: Reuters

A New Zealand military team recovered six bodies on Friday from the volcanic island that fatally erupted earlier this week, in a high risk operation w(...)

Thieves are plundering orchards in search of avocados in New Zealand, some more professionally than others. Photograph:   The New York Times

The popular breakfast of avocado toast is under threat in New Zealand, with two years of low harvests generating waiting lists for avocado trees at ga(...)

 Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run in Paris. Photgraph:  Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

When Arsenal legend Tony Adams rang his former boss Arsène Wenger in October 2008 to inform him he was succeeding Harry Redknapp as Portsmouth manager(...)

The only avocados available in New Zealand are grown in the country, and in 2015 alone, an additional 96,000 New Zealand households began purchasing the fruit. Photograph: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New Zealand’s avocado thieves have been forced to get creative this season by selling their stolen wares on Facebook as police intensify efforts to ca(...)

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