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Diane Caldwell in action for Ireland against Belgium last April. Photo: Patrick Smets/Inpho

Due to Sunday’s FAI Cup final between Wexford Youths and Shelbourne at Tallaght stadium, Ellen Molloy, Aoibheann Clancy, Ciara Grant and Saoirse Noona(...)

 Morne Steyn, seen here  in action for  the Bulls, has been named in the South Africa squad for the Lions series. Photograph: Sydney Sehibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa’s desire to have an outhalf who can settle the nerves and eke out a win in tight situations led to a recall for Morne Steyn for the Briti(...)

Eddie Jones takes an England training session at Twickenham ahead of the Nations Cup match against France. Photo: Andy Rain/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

At face value the organisers appear to have the final playoff weekend to the Autumn Nations Cup that they would have craved, or the final anyway. Exce(...)

CJ Stander comes up against Georgia’s Soso during Ireland’s victory at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Moving into the 80th minute of Sunday’s game at the Aviva Stadium, Ireland had one last chance to redeem something from a drab second half which had s(...)

Bordeaux-Begles’ Georgian number eight  Beka Gorgadze in action against  Perpignan in a Top 14 clash. Photograph: Raymond Roig/AFPvia Getty Images

International rugby in 2020 can be summed up by a stark reality: the 12th ranked nation in the world is not a suitable opponent for the fifth-ranked i(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell speaks to his players at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lineout and maul Once an almost guaranteed source of possession and launch plays, and even – if not directly – of tries, Ireland’s lineout and catch(...)

Head coach Andy Farrell during Ireland rugby squad training at the  IRFU High Performance Centre in   Blanchardstown, Dublin.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Farrell is likely to delve more deeply into the Irish squad for Sunday’s Guinness Series/Autumn Nations Cup game against Georgia when he announce(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton, as well as Ed Byrne and Rob Henshaw, will miss the  this Sunday’s clash with Georgia. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There will be no further additions to the Irish 34-man squad save for the uncapped Ulster loosehead Eric O’Sullivan, who was called up after Ed Byrne (...)

Six successive defeats have left Wayne Pivac standing on the brink. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

Wayne Pivac has had more than Georgia on his mind this week. The theme of his year as Wales’s head coach has been broken dreams and whatever the resul(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy named his extended preliminary squad at SSE Airtricity Offices, Dublin,  on Tuesday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pretty much all of the familiar faces are there in Mick McCarthy’s latest Republic of Ireland squad of almost 40 but having seized the limited opportu(...)

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