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New Zealand’s Caleb Clarke impressed against Australia at Eden Park. Photograph: Michael Bradley/Getty/AFP

New Zealand 27 Australia 7 Winger Caleb Clarke produced a stunning performance of power running in his first Test start to provide some much needed a(...)

Karting remains a relatively Covid-friendly activity, and one that you can have great fun with

Is driving in terminal decline? Even though such car makers as Porsche and Mazda have promised that they’ll have to have steering wheel prised from th(...)

A crowd of 31,000 watched the first Bledisloe Cup match in Wellington. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP via Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby is expecting a “near-capacity” crowd of some 47,000 to pack into Auckland’s Eden Park for the second Bledisloe Cup international aga(...)

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland looks on during his side’s defeat to Leinster in the Pro14 final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Being contemporaries of this Leinster machine must be at least a little demoralising. For Ulster, the drought without a trophy goes back to 2006 and h(...)

John Delaney: in their book, Champagne Football,  Sunday Times journalists Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan  suggest that the former FAI CEO’s  credit card was used at times to pay for jewellery, limousines and hotels. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The FAI may have subsidised John Delaney’s lavish lifestyle and efforts to fend off press interest in his activities to the tune of three quarters of (...)

Brian O’Driscoll scores a try in the Six Nations Championship game between Ireland and France on February 7th, 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll had barely turned 20 when he announced himself to the world in his rookie season with that hat-trick in Paris. He was only 21 when he(...)

Crusaders perform the haka before the  Super Rugby Aotearoa clash against the Highlanders at  Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph: Martin Hunter/Inpho

Thirteen minutes into last Saturday’s New Zealand Super Rugby Aotearoa match in Christchurch, the Crusaders trailed the Highlanders by 7-0 and had don(...)

Many of the  attacking skills of great players such as New Zealand’s Jeff Wilson were learned through unsupervised play on the local green or on the school playground. Photograph:  David Rogers/Allsport

I have consciously stayed away from the dregs of social media during the pandemic. The world is depressing me at every glance. Reading tweets from th(...)

CJ Stander wins a penalty for Ireland in their Six Nations win over Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Necessity being the mother of invention, for the first time ever rugby has been forced to adopt its oft-mooted and much debated global calendar albeit(...)

Rory Best couldn’t persuade Jaco Peyper to go the TMO to check on a try for  Fekitoa  which was disputed by the home side during the defeat against New Zealand in November 2016. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South African referee Jaco Peyper will take charge of an Ireland Test match for the fourth time when Andy Farrell’s side take on England at Twickenham(...)

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