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 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with his New Zealand counterpart, Steve Hansen, speaking before the match at the Aviva. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pre-game. Aviva Stadium. As the tracksuited Joe Schmidt strides on to the Lansdowne field the black-suited Steve Hansen hands over an envelope. Brain (...)

Argentina’s Bautista Delguy scores his try last weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When Ireland played New Zealand at Lansdowne Road in 2001, I took my then seven-year-old son, Teddy, hoping his first international rugby experience w(...)

Ruth McDonagh in action for Bray Hockey Club
Why I love … hockey

I am 37 years old and I’m proud to say I’ve been playing hockey for 30 of those years. I began playing in school and today I’m involved not just as a (...)

Devin Toner: he starts against New Zealand, not because he’s the best in the air but because of the wisdom he brings to lineout management. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Anger is an unreliable guide to action; it is not informed by wisdom. What ratio of anger over wisdom do Ireland need to call upon this weekend? The(...)

Brazil’s soccer team trains using Statsports technology. The company has developed a wearable device that measures a player’s training or game performance in real-time.
The numbers game

Achieving that elusive extra 1 per cent of performance has become a watchword for elite sports, and technology is the tool of choice to mine for those(...)

Iain Henderson and Dan Leavy pictured in an Irish team huddle at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt only informed the Ireland players today who would face New Zealand on Saturday at the Aviva stadium. Concerns about Dan Lea(...)

Leinster’s Joe Tomane in action against the Southern Kings. Photograph: Richard Huggard/Inpho

Leinster will be without centre Joe Tomane for up to five months as he recovers from a procedure on his hamstring. The Australian centre, who joined(...)

The question in Leinster House will soon turn to what Varadkar does with the political capital the Brexit deal gives him: push Fianna Fáil to extend the confidence and supply deal or call an election in the new year?

As the top of the Government strove on Wednesday to project an impression of calm and control, a giddiness fizzed below decks in Leinster House. Tao(...)

 Alison Duggan, student at St Colman’s Community College, Midleton, Co Cork speaking at the Evidence Matters event at the Houses of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In what was an unusual form of speed dating between members of the public and politicians, 16 citizens arrived in Leinster House to lay out their case(...)

Shane Lowry is hoping for a high finish to boost his Race to Dubai rankings at the DP World Tour Championship this week. Photo: EPA

Whatever else transpires during the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai this week, Shane Lowry knows exactly where he’ll be at 11pm local time on Satu(...)

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