Robin Copeland: “Winning never happens in a straight line. Your goals never happen in a straight line. It is always up and down.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For some it would be a journey’s end. To Robin Copeland it’s a new beginning and when he lines out for Munster next season, a coming home of sorts. S(...)

Cardiff’s Robin Copeland takes on Exeter’s Ceri Sweeney and Jack Yeandle during the Heineken Cup, Pool Two match at Cardiff Arms Park last weekend.

Robin Copeland is something of a rugby troubadour, a journey that has taken him from the minis at Gorey RFC to Kilkenny College, stopping off at St Ma(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam is struggling with an escalation of injury problems. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Sport has an uncanny knack of reuniting people. On Friday night at the RDS Leinster outhalf Ian Madigan shifted to inside centre for the last nine min(...)

Peter Lydon playing for Kilkenny College during the Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final in 2010. The outhalf was invited for a trial at Stade Francais in  Paris last season. Photograph: Inpho

Peter Lydon embarked on a road less travelled, one where ambition and circumstance colluded to provide an opportunity to pursue a career as a professi(...)

John Mac Gabhann: “systemic excellence” in public education. Photograph: David Sleator

A spokeswoman for the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) has said there is “no evidence to support the notion that if a parent wants (...)

A leg up: fee-paying schools are seen to give students an advantage. St Michael’s College and Blackrock College clash in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final last month. Photograph: Eric Luke

Should the state support fee-paying schools? This question is arguably the most divisive in Irish education today, pitting parent against parent, t(...)

Captain Ross McCarron and Lansdowne players celebrate at the weekend.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Mike Ruddock talks about the Irish game it’s always worth listening, not only because of that engaging Welsh lilt but because, as a Grand (...)

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