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 Leinster’s Luke McGrath:  he  must prove the ankle damage sustained against  Saracens  has healed sufficiently.  Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

The Natal Sharks and a second South African side are set to join the Guinness Pro 14 in 2019/20. Having become increasingly disillusioned with the Sup(...)

So it’s, like, lunchtime and I’m in the Horse Show House with Christian, the two of us enjoying the old Joey (Carvery) dinner. He still hasn’t told L(...)

President Michael D Higgins walks out to greet the Ireland team, staff and partners at  Áras an Uachtaráin on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

President Michael D Higgins hosted a reception in honour of the Grand Slam winning Irish rugby team at Áras an Uachtaráin on Wednesday evening. It was(...)

Connacht’s Tom Farrell with Joey Carbery of Leinster at the Sportsground. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Connacht 47 Leinster 10 If only Connacht could have John Muldoon retire every week, or at any rate play more interpros. In scoring seven tries t(...)

Teddy Thomas scores a try for Racing 92 in their Champions Cup semi-final win over Munster. Photo: Nicolas Tucat/Getty Images

It had just gone 21 minutes when Teddy Thomas took on the ball in a right channel and turned in field side stepping and gliding through the thin red l(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen says his team have had to adapt to a changing European landscape in the competition. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster’s place in the Champion’s Cup final in Bilbao next month is the end product of a process that was run on the twin track approach of a macro a(...)

Conor Murray shows his dejection after Munster’s  European  Champions Cup semi-final defeat to  Racing 92  at the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

For the sixth time in the decade since they last reached a European Champions Cup final, and won, Munster have come up one game short after yesterday’(...)

Castro Urdiales is a medieval seafaring and fishing village  on the Cantabrian coast

Ireland’s geographical position on Earth is changing just a little bit this summer; from May we shall be reconnected to Spain, as we were before the i(...)

  Munster’s Dan Goggin scores a try at Outeniqua Park despite the efforts of Michael Makase of the Southern Kings. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The run-in to this season’s Guinness Pro14 has, as expected, been made more complicated by the new format wherein the expanded competition has been di(...)

Civil Guard agents conduct checks at a security control point at El Prat airport in Barcelona, Spain. File photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

Spanish police have smashed a human trafficking network that smuggled people from China into Britain and Ireland. A total of 155 people were arreste(...)

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