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Fergus McFadden: felt Ireland delivered a big statement in their Six Nations win over Wales. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden is focused on leaving a frustrating campaign to date behind him when the eastern province welcome Toyota Cheetahs to the RD(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway on his way to scoring a try against Ulster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 22   Tries: Stander, Scannell, Conway  Cons: Hanrahan, Belyendaal  Pens: JJ Hanrahan Ulster 16  Try: R Herring Con: J Coo(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway gets past Ulster’s Matt Faddes on his way to scoring his side’s third try during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 22 Ulster 16 Munster are currently heading into the Champions Cup with one established outhalf after JJ Hanrahan joined Joey Carbery on 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(...)

Richard Strauss, the  Ireland and Leinster rugby player. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Richardt Strauss hates big cities. He grew up in a small town called Harrismith in the Free State province of South Africa and struggled to settle whe(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy scores a try despite the efforts  of Craig Barry and Niel Marais of the Cheetahs during the Guinness PRO14 clash at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein. Photograph: Frikkie Kapp/Backpage Pix/Inpho

Cheetahs 26 Connacht 25 No excuses and none given. Kieran Keane’s Connacht suffered a “gut-wrenching” last-minute defeat in Bloemfontein that sees t(...)

Ultan Dillane: back to aid Connacht in the Pro14 clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht are enjoying warmer climes this week on their first Pro14 visit to South Africa for Saturday’s joust with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Hav(...)

South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn into office after being elected at the parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. Photograph:  Mike Hutchings/AFP/Getty Images

Cyril Ramaphosa, the African National Congress’s recently elected leader, has become South Africa’s new president following Jacob Zuma’s resignation f(...)

  Oscar Pistorius in court  for sentencing last year. The prosecution is appealing his six-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.  Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/Reuters

A judge “overemphasised” Oscar Pistorius’s disability and was far too lenient on him, prosecutors said as they tried to convince a South African court(...)

Scott Baldwin took things a little too far at  a wildlife centre when he began to pet a lion “like a kitten”. Photograph: Kevin Barnes/Inpho

Some weeks, column writing is a pain. If there’s no big outrage demanding your tuppence-worth, none of the robots out in the sports world saying anyth(...)

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