The US ambassador to London, Woody Johnson, has cast doubt on the chances of a bilateral trade deal with Britain if prime minister Theresa May manages to push her Brexit agreement through parliament. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Britain is in need of leadership, US ambassador to London Woody Johnson said, as he also cast doubt on the chances of a bilateral trade deal if prime (...)

England captain Sarah Hunter celebrates with team mates after series victory over Canada at Twickenham. Photograph: Paul Childs/File Photo/Reuters

England are to become the first fully professional women’s rugby nation. Twenty-eight players will receive one-season deals from January 2019, with th(...)

Thomond Park in Limerick: venue for the 2017 Women’s  Rugby World Cup final? Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Limerick is the favourite city to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017. Having expressed interest in bringing the 2023 men’s tournament to Irelan(...)

 Dr Alison Donnelly of Trinity College Dublin. A study led by her  shows that the warmer climate has led to a change in the seasonal cycle of a range of plants and animals

Tourism may be a winner from the impact of climate change here, with the season stretching from April to October, according to one of a series of repo(...)