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Alex Soroka, who impressed in South Africa, during a Leinster training session. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Three weeks ago in Cape Town the clock was in the red against the Stormers. Leinster, trailing 20-13, had just earned a penalty. The replacement outha(...)

The many tributes paid to Dr Alan Conlan since his death have noted his sense of humour, his intellect, his modesty, his kindness and his intuition

Born: July 23rd, 1942 Died : April 18th, 2022 Dr Andrew Alan Conlan, one of the leading thoracic surgeons of his generation, was born in Wexford, (...)

South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus’s  bibbed-up cameo as a runner during the last British and Lions tour series was absurd. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It used to be sundry parched players ambling over to the touchline to ask for a drink of barley water, or occasionally a lad with a gammy leg in a bag(...)

  Leinster celebrate with the Pro14 trophy in March 2021. They top the standings yet again. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster have topped the standings yet again, and the top eight qualifiers for the play-offs have been decided, but pretty much all else is up for gra(...)

Irish air travel’s recovery is poised to continue gaining altitude in coming months.  Photograph: Leon Farrell /

Holidaymakers are packing their wheelies and heading for Europe’s beaches in their droves, determined to make up for two summers of Covid curbs. This (...)

The new report marks a ‘dismal litany of humanity’s failure to tackle climate disruption’, said UN secretary general António Guterres. Photograph: iStock

“Alarming new records” for sea-level rise, ocean heat and acidification, and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were set in 2021, according to the lat(...)

Anna McGann has been named in the squad for this week’s Sevens Series in Toulouse.

The Ireland Women’s Sevens coach Aiden McNulty has made just one change to the squad which earned a bronze medal at Langford for next weekend’s HSBC W(...)

 South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus speaks to Eben Etzebeth and Steven Kitshoff on the field acting as a waterboy during last year’s Lions series. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

World Rugby have moved to limit on-field coaching, controversially employed by South Africa against the British & Irish Lions last year, by appro(...)

 Chris Cloete, Liam O’Connor, Joey Carbery and Stephen Archer during a Munster training session on Tuesday. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Their interest in Europe having ended in acute pain against Toulouse last Saturday week, Munster return to the scene of the crime, as it were, in the(...)

Kasia Pluta with her husband Pranash Ramanundh, son Edward and their dog   dog Tina. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Kasia Pluta was 26 she decided to spend a summer working in Dublin. The Polish student had recently completed a master’s degree in animal anatomy(...)

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