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Joey Carbery lifts the Ulster Bank League trophy in 2016. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Club rugby has been liberally populated with international stars of the future based on the specific evidence of recent semi-finals and finals in the (...)

Vicky Phelan was awarded €2.5 million against a US testing lab over the alleged misreading of her smear tests under the CervicalCheck programme. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Twelve months ago today, a Limerick mother of two stood in bright sunshine on the steps of the Four Courts following the settlement of her case. “The(...)

Brenda O’Connell-Barry and Mary Kennedy at the launch of this year’s Carer of the Year Awards. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Services for families with long-term care needs are “like something from the Third World”, a mother and carer of a severely disabled child has said. (...)

Tadgh Furlong is one of three Leinster players in the running for European Player of the Year. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose have been shortlisted for the EPCR European Player of the Year award. The trio are aiming to emulate th(...)

There was no hiding the number of empty seats at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Next month in Newcastle they are promising to host the best weekend that club rugby union has ever known. A convivial city, an iconic stadium, two din(...)

Billy Vunipola celebrates Saracens’ victory over Munster in Coventry. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

A great weekend for Saracens, a deeply damaging one for rugby BT Sport brand themselves “the heart of sport”. They are certainly not the moral compas(...)

Conor Murray and his dejected Munster team-mates after the defeat to Saracens at the  Ricoh Arena, Coventry.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saracens 32 Munster 16 A scoreline reflecting a match that went only one way. Munster will do what they always do, lick their wounds and think of ho(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy celebrates his try against Toulouse during their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The quarter-finals delivered in spades to produce an aristocratic last four and the semi-finals, in their own way, had a similar effect. Leinster’s (...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens after the victory over Munster. Asked if he’d anything to say to the Munster fans who’d booed him during the game he replied : “Naw, from my point of view I believe in what I believe in”. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Well, that was one weird Saturday afternoon in the company of BT Sport. Indeed, if you’d missed why Billy Vunipola had been in the news in the prece(...)

Saracens man of the match Billy Vunipola is confronted by a Munster fan after his side’s victory in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the  Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It would be interesting to know what debate took place behind the cameras that resulted in handing Billy Vunipola the man of the match award. In one(...)

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