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Japan celebrate their win over Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Relive Irish misery and Japanese joy in reverse. Last year provided a fascinating study in how everything can go wrong when a sports team is unequippe(...)

Munster’s Chris Farrell is awarded the Pro14 man of the match award at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday by his captain Peter O’Mahony. Photograph: Inpho

Unique Aviva experience Being inside the empty Lansdowne crater on Saturday night was a first for everyone present. That we could see and hear past t(...)

On Friday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar explained that if everything goes to schedule then competitive team sports could resume on July 20th. Photograph: Inpho

The return of team sports will not be recommended by the National Public Health Emergency Team before a vaccine for the coronavirus or anti-viral medi(...)

Japan lock Luke Thompson has great memories from his time in Ireland in 1999. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

“Arigato gozaimasu.” Joe Schmidt speaks more Japanese than his opposite number Jamie Joseph. After Schmidt’s media masterclass in Yumeria almost spinn(...)

Marc Ellis escapes Tsutomu Matsuda during the pool stage game between Japan and New Zealand at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Photograph:  Phil Cole/Getty

In the 1995 tournament, New Zealand thrashed Japan 145-17 at the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein scoring 21 tries in the process. They led 28-0 aft(...)

Japan’s Luke Thompson during the 2015 Rugby World Cup game against the USA at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Brighton 2015: spot the Kiwi on 83 minutes, having milled Adriaan Strauss off Japanese ball, all but leaning on the shoulder of Harumichi Tatekawa yet(...)

Lima Sopoaga during Wasps’ Champions Cup defeat to Leinster last October. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Daniel Carter joined Racing 92 after the 2015 World Cup, he was treated like rugby royalty. He arrived in Paris to a fanfare, introduced on a pri(...)

Danny Cipriani has made an impressive start to the season with Gloucester. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Increasingly Danny Cipriani looks fated to be a quiz answer for years to come. Name the most gifted English sportsman of his generation who never play(...)

 Scotland’s Huw Jones runs in to score his side’s  first try  against England   in their Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium, in Edinburgh. Photograph: Reuters

Every now and again comes a reminder of why the Six Nations still exerts a powerful hold on the imagination. Out of a clear blue Edinburgh sky has als(...)

 Clermont Auvergne forwards coach Jono Gibbes is looking forward to teaming up with Les Kiss. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Where to begin with Jono Gibbes? Waikato stadium, June 11th 2005, and that stirring version of Timatanga seems as good a place as any. There he stood(...)

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