Andy Friend knows that Gloucester outhalf Danny Cipriani can dominate a game if he gets into his stride. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

Andy Friend is preparing his Connacht squad for everything Gloucester can throw at them in Sunday’s Champions Cup clash, on and off the park. The for(...)

 Gloucester head coach  Johan Ackermann with  Munster coach Johann van Graan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Take away the needle and there’s an old boys’ reunion aspect to this Gloucester-Munster renewal. Former Ireland outhalf David Humphreys is the direct(...)

Simone Flanagan, with her mother Trish, at Clonmel court. Photograph: Mary Browne

A girl who was sexually assaulted by her fatherhad her “childhood taken from her” by a person she should have been able to trust, a judge has said. T(...)

Ireland are dejected after their 28-24 defeat to Argentina in the 1999 Rugby World Cup quarter-final play-off. Photograph: Inpho

The success of the 1995 World Cup inspired the game to go professional later that year and soon rugby began to flourish and expand. The 1999 tournamen(...)

Australia’s David Pocock is one of the best operators at the breakdown in world rugby. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

With a slight lull in play this weekend I decided to consult the rule book or should I say ‘World Rugby laws of the game’. With 48 World Cup matches a(...)

Ireland  international wing Tommy Bowe attending the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Wilson “Jack” Kyle, former Ireland and Lions rugby player in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish rugby legends have paid tribute to the one considered the greatest of them all as they joined friends and family of the late Jack Kyle at a spec(...)

Roger Wilson: “We have only really been tested once or twice and haven’t really delivered, the Rabo final last year and the (Heineken Cup) quarter-final. We certainly have to prove it in one off games but I think we are definitely capable”. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster are not daring to dream again just yet. Prime position in their Heineken Cup pool maybe tempting them towards bigger thoughts. They have shown (...)

Joseph Dee, a bachelor originally 
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from Co Tipperary
, man and bachelor Joseph Dee,
 who worked all his life as a factory machinist in Dublin, said he had been stunned and disappointed at receiving only ¤45,000 of the ¤3.5 million of handouts his sister Mary Coffey distributed in a seven-page will. Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

An 80-year-old man told the High Court today he felt as if he had won the Lotto and lost the ticket after reading his millionaire sister’s will and fi(...)