Both the Irish Rugby Football Union and the International Rugby Board have recently put in place protocols to assess the severity of head shocks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two researchers from the University of Birmingham have unveiled a series of biological tests to diagnose concussions in sports injuries. Prof Tony Bel(...)

Aidan Price of Bohemians with David McMillan, then of St Patrick’s Athletic, after a clash of heads at Richmond Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

What happens when two heads collide on a hurling, rugby, soccer or other sports pitch? The human skull is particularly resistant to shocks and hard(...)

England and  Italy  in action on Saturday. World Cup matches are protected under free-to-air legislation. Photograph: EPA/Mast Irham

MARK HILLIARD The Government is to undertake a review of sporting events protected as designated free- to-air programming for public consumption. The (...)

Research, which involved 40 rugby players on the Irish squad, suggests links between diet and exercise and the diversity of microbes in the gut. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It takes some guts to play rugby, and a new study from Cork has shown the guts of professional rugby players are home to a wide variety of bacteria. (...)

Robbie Henshaw exacerbated a hand  injury in training this week

Hand surgery has denied Robbie Henshaw first refusal on Brian O’Driscoll’s Ireland berth after the Connacht centre was ruled out of next month’s tour (...)

Óisín Putt, who has spina bifida, takes full advantage of the Access sailing programme in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Football mad Hayden McLafferty lives for Saturdays, when he can go and play at his local soccer club, Esker Celtic. He has a congenital heart defect a(...)

With the Heineken Cup final on next Saturday it seems appropriate we should consider the word “rugby” this week. The game is named after a public scho(...)

Volkswagen has the best reputation among Irish consumers according to a new survey. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/GettyImages)

Volkswagen has been named the most reputable organisation in Ireland, according to a new survey, followed by SuperValu and An Post, with Google and Bo(...)

 Lucas Neville and his mother  Michelle Neville outside the High Court in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The mother of a student who underwent surgery for serious head injuries after he collapsed at the end of a schools rugby match has told the Hi(...)

Pictured at the Carton House announcement of the new deal between Canterbury and the IRFU were  IRFU president Pat Fitzgerald, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and  Canterbury chief executive Chris Stephenson. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Irish Rugby Football Union have signed a six-year multi-million euro deal with clothing brand Canterbury to become its official supplier.Canterbur(...)

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