Andrew Browne

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Ireland under-20 assistant coach Mark Sexton is also a qualified physical therapist. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

“It happens when I am introduced to someone new, especially in rugby circles. It generally goes along the lines of ‘this is Mark Sexton, Johnny’s brot(...)

Connacht  head coach Andy Friend is very bullish about a squad which he believes can go to a new level. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rugby has major problems if last Friday’s game between Glasgow and Leinster in Scotstoun is any yardstick. Overlong games punctuated by regular recour(...)

 Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol with Sara Canning, partner of murdered journalist Lyra McKee, following a three-day peace walk from Belfast to Derry in May. He has been awarded an OBE for services to music and charity in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, singing group The Priests and the Dublin-born cricketer Eoin Morgan have been included in Queen Elizabeth’s New Y(...)

Andrew Browne: ‘You have to be very tough but I have found that being as fit as I possibly can both mentally and physically is something which helps my condition and being a professional golfer, I am quite fit, which is definitely a help’

As far as minor ailments go, few things are more uncomfortable than a stomach bug and this is what Andrew Browne thought he had five years ago when he(...)

Joey Carbery: moved from Leinster to Munster

The memories remain vivid but professional sport permits but the briefest pause to enjoy success. Leinster’s record breaking double of Champions Cup a(...)

Connacht’s John Muldoon celebrates team-mate Kieran Marmion’s try at the Guinness PRO14 against Leinster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

When Ian Botham marked one of his returns from test match exile by taking a wicket with his first ball, Graham Gooch said to him: “Who writes your scr(...)

Connacht captain John Muldoon celebrates Kieran Marmion’s try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Connacht 47 Leinster 10 John Muldoon’s wife Lorna, who is expecting their first child, was amongst those in the crowd of 8,129 which revelled in sun-(...)

Finlay Bealham of Connacht in action against Munster at Thomond Park, Limerick. File photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Finlay Bealham is set to join an elite group of Connacht players who have made 100 appearances for the province. The Ireland and Connacht prop, havin(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton is to return from the injury he suffered while tackling  Exeter Chief’s Matt Kvesic   in the Champions Cup game at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

It sometimes seems casually spiteful that Ross Byrne’s fine performancesare wholly eclipsed in the clamour to trumpet Johnny Sexton back on to the Le(...)

Nic Groom scores Northampton’s second try in their Champions Cup play-off win over Connacht. Photograph: james Crombie/Inpho

Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15 It was the last hurrah for Connacht’s bid for Champions Cup rugby, and true to their history, they went down fighti(...)

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