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Efforts to recover the bodies of some of those killed in the volcanic eruption on White Island, New Zealand on Monday are ongoing. Photograph: AP

Irish doctor Deirdre Seoighe was on maternity leave with her three-month-old baby Ruadhán when New Zealand’s White Island volcano erupted on Monday, k(...)

 Joe Schmidt: “That fluidity changes philosophy, it changes preparation and, I guess, it demands more from players.”

There’s something very apt about a Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand being one of, and perhaps the ultimate, defining game of the gild(...)

 New Zealand ’s Beauden Barrett during training on Tuesday at the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The warm interface with the team today is Beauden Barrett. Poster boy for outhalf excellence, Ronan O’Gara’s pick as influencer, World Player of the Y(...)

  Sevu Reece of Waikato had been due to join Connacht in November. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

It seems unlikely that Connacht’s prospective new arrival, Waikato winger Sevu Reece, will be joining the province in November on a two-year deal even(...)

Paul O’Donovan has reached the final of the heavyweight single sculls in New Zealand. Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

Paul O’Donovan, the world lightweight champion in the single sculls, qualified for the final of the heavyweight single sculls at the North Island Rowi(...)

Stephen Donald: The New Zealander should be available to hook up with Ulster when the Guinness Pro14 campaign resumes in February. Photograph:Photosport/Bruce Lim/Inpho

Ulster are set to announce the short-term signing of All Black World Cup winner Stephen Donald to fill the void at out-half when Christian Leali’ifano(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton leaves the field for a head injury assessment after suffering a knock against Exeter. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster’s clarification of what Joe Schmidt said at the RTÉ Awards last weekend throws Johnny Sexton and concussion back centre stage this week. The(...)

Colin Meads in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2007. Photo: Marty Melville/Getty Images

Few sportsmen or sportswomen have so defined their country as did Colin Meads, the former New Zealand rugby captain, who has died at the age of 81. A (...)

All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith: ‘I love this team and want to do everything I can to help them succeed.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Known as the Professor, he provides much of the spark within the current All Blacks brains trust, and has been doing so now for most of the last two d(...)

Aerial view of the town of Tokoroa on New Zealand’s North Island. Photograph: Wikipedia

A GP in New Zealand has been trying to find a doctor to share his practice workload for the past two years without success. Despite offering a whoppi(...)

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