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 Wolfhounds’ Simon Zebo is tackled by Elliot Daly of England Saxons during the A International at Kingsholm. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England Saxons 8 Wolfhounds 14Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said that while there are a lot of benefits to be gleaned from Wolfhound matches he just can’t(...)

Because Seán O’Brien has such phenomenal leg drive tacklers go low because they know it’s the only way to bring him down. If leg-tackled, he  pivots to lay the ball back and right away the scrumhalf is in to take crisp, clean ball. That’s what makes him so valuable. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Watching Leinster play without Seán O’Brien on Sunday, only confirmed again how difficult it will be for them if and when he moves to France. It was a(...)

While drinks companies and sporting bodies never made any secret of their disdain for any sponsorship ban, the FoI records point to a concerted push by a well-resourced and well-informed industry to bring its concerns directly into the heart of Government. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

The drinks industry engaged in a sustained effort to dissuade the Coalition from banning the sponsorship of major sporting events by drink companies, (...)

 Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan poses with the  Six Nations trophy. Ireland open their campaign on March 8th. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Two years on from the Pau debacle, the Irish women’s rugby team will return to the Stade du Hameau – where perhaps the seeds for this year’s Grand Sla(...)

The study suggests the changes could lead to annual shortfall of €107 million in funds to cover costs incurred in running Ireland’s card payments system.  Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Irish consumers could end up paying more than €100 million extra in annual credit and debit card fees under new European Commission proposals, a new s(...)

Ireland’s Mike McCarthy and Mike Ross make one of the home side’s 163 tackles against Samoa last week.  The visitors made 90 tackles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If all you saw from the Ireland-Samoa game last weekend was the tackle count, you’d have had a hard job guessing the scoreline. As Joe Schmidt pointed(...)

Munster’s Anthony Foley dives for the line ahead of several Gloucester players in 2003. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

If this is to be the Heineken’s final bow, then the old lady is going out in style. Week one was compelling from its Ulster start to the final bows at(...)

Munster have looked more comfortable recently with the changed game under Rob Penney but the weeks ahead, starting with today’s meeting with arch-rivals Leinster, will tell us more. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

What to make of Munster? Last season, having finished sixth and a dozen points outside the Pro12 play-offs, they took on Harlequins and Clermont away (...)

Tom Jones performing as part of past celebrations for  Arthur’s Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Depending on your point of view, the, ahem, Arthur’s Day celebration (attracting the likes of Tom Jones, above) is either a music festival hosted by p(...)

Peter O’Brien of Diageo, who is chairman of the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland, said that Arthur’s Day was “a celebration of the Irish pub” as well as of the food, drink and entertainment that existed there and it deserved support.

Blaming Arthur’s Day for Ireland’s problematic relationship with alcohol is unfair and Diageo will continue to invest in the event as long as the pub(...)

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