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Paula Fitzpatrick celebrates Ireland’s opening World Cup win over Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On an opening day of heavy scoring from New Zealand, Canada and England, it was left to the home team to inject a sense of World Cup wonder in UCD. A(...)

Head coach Tom Tierney addresses the Ireland squad in a huddle during the captain’s run at UCD. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Australia (UCD Bowl, 7pm - Live RTÉ and eir Sport) The Women’s Rugby World Cup is not a major tournament. Certainly not in scale. This fled(...)

Australia captain Shannon Parry.  Photograph: ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Australian captain Shannon Parry had already said it in July. She didn’t need to say it again. Australia will field its best prepared team ever at the(...)

Ronan O’Gara leaves the field against the New South Wales Waratahs in 2001. Photograph: Getty Images

Violent. Intense. Intoxicating. And so another Lions tour is sprung on two hemispheres. A chain of warm up matches whet appetites before Warren Gatlan(...)

Last throw of the dice: Joe Schmidt believes Ireland have a “fantastic chance” of getting something out of the championship. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Not even a title shoot-out, never mind a Grand Slam shoot-out. Instead, Ireland will have to regroup and host England in the 2017 Six Nations finale n(...)

Pakistan face a fight to save the third Test on the final day after another David Warner blitz helped give Australia time to attempt to secure a 3-0 s(...)

Sporting opium: silver medallist Annalise Murphy with other Irish Olympic sailors. Photograph: Alan Betson

They say sport is a great healer. They say so, and – as someone who first invested in a tracksuit at the age of 30, and only then because I was pregna(...)

 CJ Standers wears the number 24 jersey in tribute to the late Anthony Foley for the province’s European  Champions Cup match against Glasgow at Thomond Park in October. Photograph: Inpho

Munster’s devastating 38-0 victory over Leicester at the weekend was a spectacular display of controlled aggression, skill and style. It was the first(...)

Australia’s batsman David Warner celebrates his century against New Zealand in Canberra. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Dave Warner smashed a sixth one-day international century of the year to drive Australia to a convincing 116-run victory over New Zealand as the hosts(...)

Australia’s Bernard Foley: the outhalf says a lack of consistency at crucial times had hurt the Wallabies. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

The Wallabies believe they are on the right track after building depth in 2016, despite slumping to nine losses in a season where they thought they wo(...)

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