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Cork’s Patrick Horgan in action against Dublin in the GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium on July 31st. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

A few weeks back, on a Friday night, John Meyler took himself down to watch Sarsfields play Glen Rovers in a county league game. It was in the middle (...)

Nick Timoney: Ulster backrow and former  star of Blackrock’s Leinster schools-winning side in 2013 will win  his first  senior Ireland cap when he lines out against the USA. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v USA, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 7.15pm – Live on RTÉ 2 Normally an Irish summer expedition abroad in the year of a Lions tour is a relatively(...)

Scott Fardy: played 76 times over four seasons for Leinster. “Fards is a competitive animal, he doesn’t like losing,” says Guy Easterby. “He’s added so much in terms of mindset and not taking a backward step.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

CJ Stander and Scott Fardy will ride off into the sunset with their legacies assured; Marcel Coetzee will leave some big shoes to fill at Ulster and t(...)

Fergus McFadden has suffered a calf injury that could rule him out for up to six weeks. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Ireland international Fergus McFadden may struggle to again play for his club side Leinster following Monday’s announcement of a calf injury which wil(...)

Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

Doug Howlett is going to leave his role with Munster and return to New Zealand in the autumn. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Doug Howlett has confirmed he is to leave his role as the head of commercial and marketing at Munster in November, ending his 11-year association with(...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Waratahs’ Israel Folau in action during the Investec Super Rugby match against the Blues at  Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Australia and New South Wales fullback Israel Folau became the most prolific try-scorer in Super Rugby history on Saturday when he bagged his 60th car(...)

Emma Tester, lead performance nutritionist at Munster Rugby, and Zest! executive chef Danny Miller hand out snack packs to Munster players at Zest! cafe, in Shannon. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene

Shannon-based food company Zest! has signed a three-year deal to provide 15,000 meals a year to Munster Rugby. Zest! will produce all meals for Munst(...)

The Crusaders and Waratahs form a huddle ahead of their Super Rugby clash in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty

The Canterbury Crusaders suffered their first Super Rugby defeat in more than a year on Saturday, their desperation to put on good showing for the peo(...)

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