Does the Pro14 have a problem? The 2018 World Player of the Year, Johnny Sexton was rested for a grand final that Leinster won pulling up. That tells us all we need to know. Photograph: Inpho

South African solution There is a clear pattern. Every time a super club rises to the top of European rugby - be it Saracens or Toulon before them - (...)

In May the group recommended against the use of cloth face masks, which was ultimately over-ruled. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

A group set up to provide independent scientific advice to the Government about Covid-19 has been stripped of its main function. Although the Expert (...)

The expert advice is that one of the best ways to remain healthy is to get a strong dose of daylight early in the morning. File photograph: Getty Images

Turn off the tv and climb off the couch. Getting out and about over the winter months is a fun and free way to boost your physical and mental healt(...)

The flu vaccine is free for those over 65, people with long-term health issues and children. Photograph: iStock

Facing into the winter flu season during a pandemic is a frightening prospect. The severity of the influenza viruses in circulation each year is alrea(...)

Dr Cillian De Gascun,  director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory: The standard PCR  testing used in processing thousands of Irish samples daily will continue to be ‘the gold standard’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Testing people for Covid-19 using saliva samples is under examination by public health officials, who are also considering pooling samples as a way of(...)

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said it has been a ‘a long six months’ since the first Covid-19 case confirmed in the State. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

A further 42 cases of coronavirus were reported in the State on Sunday. The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) confirmed no further deaths(...)

A sprinkle of positives results from Monday morning tests at Munster HQ in the University of Limerick could derail this weekend’s interpros. File photograph: Inpho

All eyes on Munster tests Rugby being cancelled in New Zealand just as it returns to Ireland is a sure sign that we will be feeling around in the dar(...)

Currently, children must undergo the same invasive testing procedure for Covid-19 as adults. File photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Alternative, less traumatic Covid-19 testing for small children and the possibility of treating fevers differently to cases in adults are both being e(...)

A medical professional demonstrates a Covid-19 antibody test in London. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The vast majority of the Irish population are still vulnerable to catching a coronavirus infection, according to early results from a study to investi(...)

A doctor  holds a Covid-19 test kit at a mobile coronavirus clinic  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

There have been two further deaths related to Covid-19 and 21 new confirmed cases, according to figures released by the National Public Health Emergen(...)

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