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Ireland’s Ultan Dillane (right) and Bundee Aki leave the field dejected after their Six Nations loss to England at Twickenham. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Last Monday on my Ryanair flight out of Dublin, I sat in seat 24A. The giant of a man who arrived and sat next to me was a doppelgänger for Tyson Fury(...)

 Japan celebrate beating Ireland in the 2019 World Cup at Stadium Ecopa, Japan. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The best way to measure the true impact of the past rugby decade is to count the number of significant moments few could have foreseen. By that yardst(...)

England’s Jofra Archer has said he was racially abused during England’s first Test defeat to New Zealand. Photograph:Mark Baker/AP

The England and New Zealand cricket boards launched a probe on Monday after England fast bowler Jofra Archer said he was subjected to racial insults b(...)

Dave Rennie: will leave Glasgow Warriors to take over as Australia coach on a three-and-a-half year deal. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

With Dave Rennie’s appointment as Wallabies coach an important part of his predecessor Michael Cheika’s legacy will live on. When Cheika took over (...)

James McClean: “The last time we played Denmark to qualify it didn’t go so well. But look, it’s another shot. Nothing is going to right the wrongs of that night but hopefully it goes better than last time.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The queue to start on the left hand side of Ireland’s front line may have gotten longer after Seán Maguire and Callum Robinson both impressed there ag(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane with  Troy Parrott at training for the game against New Zealand. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It seems hard to imagine that the FAI’s managerial succession strategy will provide us with a stranger occasion than Ireland’s game against New Zealan(...)

Sean Dancer: Ireland’s head coach  faces a busy year after the women’s team’s  qualification for the Olympics in Tokyo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

If all concerned can come down off Cloud Nine in time then the new Hockey League campaign will get under way on Saturday, and for players with interna(...)

Ireland’s scrum-half Conor Murray kicking a box kick against the All Blacks. “All of a sudden the 50/50s that Ireland were winning by kicking and getting the ball back – they weren’t getting it back anymore. Yet they were still doing the same thing.” Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

It’s always interesting to obtain a neutral’s perspective on Ireland’s World Cup campaign, especially one as articulate as Justin Marshall. The 81-tim(...)

England face the Haka during the Rugby World Cup semi-final in Yokohama. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England have been reprimanded and fined for their V-shaped formation when facing the haka before their World Cup semi-final victory over New Zealand l(...)

Faf de Klerk of South Africa celebrates his side winning a penalty to secure victory over Wales during the Rugby World Cup  semi-final  at International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday. Photograph: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

Fittingly perhaps, England will be faced by South Africa in next Saturday’s World Cup final, in a reprise of the 2007 decider. But while the Springbok(...)

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