Gordon D Arcy

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 Johnny Sexton  roars at Ronan O’Gara after a  Leinster try in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been perhaps the most compellingly bitter rivalry turned friendship in Irish professional rugby and it’s about to have another twist. They cross(...)

Liverpool’s  forward Luis Diaz celebrates after beating Villarreal in the Champions League. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty

A slight scare for Liverpool in the Champions League but their quest to win every major tournament they’ve entered this season continues into May as t(...)

France outhalf  Romain Ntamack races away to score his side’s third try during the Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff in  February 2020. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Across time, in different parts of the rugby world, those wearing the number 10 jersey have been called many names. First five eighths, flyhalves, out(...)

Conor Lehane and Cork take on Clare in their league opener at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Saturday DIVISION 1A Cork v Clare, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 5.0 Two teams who will be relying on their panels in the first few weeks of the season with inj(...)

Gordon D’Arcy has joined the backroom staff of his native Wexford. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former Ireland international rugby player Gordon D’Arcy has joined the Wexford backroom set-up. Many eyebrows were raised when D’Arcy emerged from th(...)

Ireland captain Willie Anderson faces up to New Zealand captain Wayne Shelford as the All Blacks perform  the Haka in 1989. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Best Crossing The Line by Willie Anderson and Brendan Fanning (Reach Sport, €19.99) The best books this year are rugby books. This, it’s fair to (...)

Andy Farrell will be hoping to mastermind a famous win over the All Blacks. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The All Blacks. A name which strikes fear and awe into rugby teams and supporters around the world. New Zealand are on a European tour and their next(...)

Callum Robinson speaks to the press. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Vaccination rates continues to be a struggle for professional soccer teams with rates among Premier League players significantly lower than the genera(...)

 Janko Swanepoel and his Bulls team-mates look dejected after the 31-3 defeat to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. The game was more competitive than the final scoreline indicates. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So far then, perhaps not so good. The arrival of the four South African franchises into the United Rugby Championship has proved a more humbling exerc(...)

Cranes in courting dance. Illustration: Michael Viney

Like a guilty, cultural echo, the word “crane” hangs on, at least in parts of the west, as an everyday word for the heron. How marvellous, at last, to(...)

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