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New Zealand’s minister for  foreign affairs  Winston Peters. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Small states such as Ireland and New Zealand need to fight for their values and assert their interests in a time of global instability, New Zealand’s (...)

UK Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet at Guildhall in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Backstop. Full Stop. We have all heard the cliché: nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. With Brexit, you can do a shorthand version. It goe(...)

Ireland’s Devin Toner claims a lineout during the  international against Argentina at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For so long it looked like the scrum was going to dictate the difference but then Argentina scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli ‘box kicked’ on 60 minutes. Exitin(...)

Ireland’s Will Addison is tackled by  Argentina’s Matias Orlando  during the international clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There was a moment at the Aviva Stadium that defined Will Addison’s pedigree as a player. Argentina’s replacement outhalf Joaquin Diaz Bonilla had (...)

Actor and playwright Pat Kinevane: “I’ve always looked up to   Niall Buggy.”
Pat Kinevane: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book?  I’m reading Fear Not, a beautiful book of poetry by the young Dublin poet, Stephen James Smith. I’ve liked him for a cou(...)

The All Blacks’ frontrow practise the scrum during training ahead of their Test game against England. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Everyone wants to know the All Blacks’ secret. How is it, exactly, they have won 83 of 93 Tests under their head coach, Steve Hansen, and held the man(...)

  After 10 phases Emiliano Boffelli at fullback and Pablo Matera, above,  at blindside wing forward and captain can be  devastating. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

When is conservative too conservative? The answer is almost irrelevant once your team dominate their team. History tells us that Argentina have been (...)

Seán O’Brien speaks with James Ryan, Dan Leavy, Rory Best and Kieran Marmion at the Ireland rugby squad training in Carton  House, Co Kildare on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After the Chicago jaunt, different gravy all right. In renewing their rivalry at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm), no less than Argenti(...)

Steve Hansen: “The one constant thing about being in the All Blacks is you’re under pressure. You’re expected to win every Test match you play and win it really well.” Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

If the first match between England and New Zealand in four years needed any injection of hype then the All Blacks coach, Steve Hansen, delivered it w(...)

Demonstrators march during a protest in Sydney to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

After Trump in the US, Erdogan in Turkey, Bolsonaro in Brazil and gains for extremist parties across Europe, Australia might have been expected to fol(...)

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