Leinster’s Alex Soroka is presented with the URC Player of the Match medal. Photograph: Thinus Maritz/Inpho

One thing that a coach looks for when presenting a young player with an opportunity is the aptitude to grasp it, so Leinster coach Leo Cullen will hav(...)

Henry Patterson, also known as Jack Higgins, wrote 85 books during his long career. Photograph: HarperCollins Publishers/PA Wire

Jack Higgins, the author of dozens of bestselling adventure novels, most notably The Eagle Has Landed, a hugely popular tale about a band of German co(...)

 The drystone Mourne Wall, which snakes its way for 35km across the Mourne Mountains of south Down. Photograph: Getty Images

Two walls – one in the north of England and the other in the north of Ireland, separated in their construction by 1,800 years – are celebrating signif(...)

Fakir D’Oudairies will not be running at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The JP McManus team is readying its resources for next week’s Cheltenham Festival although one star name not heading to the Cotswolds is Fakir D’oudai(...)

England’s Luke Cowan-Dickie receives treatment for an injury during the  Six Nations match against Wales at Twickenham. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Eddie Jones has made eight changes to his 25-man squad and has dispensed with more than 200 England Test caps for next week’s Six Nations game against(...)

Brian Pollock (far left) and Louise Lahiff of  Version 1 with Sam Cassidy and  Nick Forbes: “Newcastle has a flourishing tech scene and one of the fastest-growing tech clusters in the UK,” says Ms Lahiff.

Irish IT services company Version 1 is to add 200 new jobs in Newcastle Upon Tyne as it establishes a base in the region. The move is being supporte(...)

Eimear O’Hagan: finds Scotland very similar to Northern Ireland

Writer and editor Eimear O’Hagan first moved from her home in Belfast to Edinburgh in 2000, but on that occasion it was to study at university. She th(...)

Philippe Coutinho is the subject of interest from former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa. Photograph: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Aston Villa want to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona and have contacted the Brazilian’s agent with a view to negotiating a deal. Coutinh(...)

Kieran Trippier appears close to a move to Newcastle. Photograph  Ruben de la Fuente Perez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Newcastle are hopeful of completing a deal for England defender Kieran Trippier as they prepare launch their January rescue mission in earnest. It is(...)

 Kylian Mbappe: could be set to move to Real Madrid from  Paris Saint-Germain. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Kylian Mbappé - Paris Saint-Germain He may have ruled out a move in January but there remains a slim chance that the France forward could join Real M(...)

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