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Irish captain Willie Anderson faces up to New Zealand captain Wayne Shelford as the All Blacks perform ‘The Haka’. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ringa pakia. The placebo effect can be a powerful psychological weapon. How should Ireland respond to a people who believe they are possessed by immo(...)

UCD’s Jimmy O’Brien scores a try against Terenure. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Young Munster 20 Clontarf 18 Last season’s Ulster Bank League Division 1A finalists Clontarf and Cork Constitution both fell to their second successi(...)

 Graham Henry watches on during a Leinster training session at Greystones RFC, Dr Hickey Park. “If you can pass on some of that experience about what helped you get better – it must be a positive, hopefully.” Photograph: Sportsfile

Odd yet a welcome sight: Graham Henry unsmiling mug in amongst Leinster preseason training. Quietly conferring with Leo Cullen and his former pupil Is(...)

Clare’s Colm Galvin and David McInerney in action against  Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick during the All-Ireland SHC round two qualifier at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 Another dark chapter in Limerick’s painful hurling history. TJ Ryan’s time as manager ended with this defeat to Davy Fitzger(...)

Luke Fitzgerad: suffered a litany of series injuries which curtailed the number of Test caps he won to 35, one more than his dad, Des. Photograph: Alan Betson

Luke Fitzgerald, lost to rugby at 28, was so rare a talent that Leinster signed him to a full professional contract straight from school. Within six (...)

Shane Daly scores Ireland’s second try during the World Rugby Under-20 Championship Final against England at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, Manchester. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

England Under-20 45 Ireland Under-20 21 To England the spoils and no one would quibble with the merit of their success. The rugby they produced to wi(...)

Nigel Carolan: “The synergy in the group feels like it’s a club team or a school team; they’re buddies, they work hard for each other.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Inscribed on A4 sheets of paper in the team room is a rugby philosophy that goes to the heart of Ireland’s remarkable journey to the Under-20 World C(...)

Hooker Adam McBurney has been one of Ireland’s standout players during the  World Rugby U20 Championship. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

World Rugby U20 Championship Final: England v Ireland, AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester, Saturday, 7.0 (Live on TG4, Sky Sports 3) England have conteste(...)

Ireland U20 fullback Jacob Stockdale scores the first try of the World Rugby U20 Championship semi-final against Argentina at Manchester City Academy Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland 37 Argentina 7 The weekend might not have yielded much success for Irish sportsmen on many fronts but the Monday blues were buried by a team (...)

Ireland Under-20 captain returns to the secondrow for Monday’s  World Rugby Under-20 Championships semi-final against Argentina in Manchester. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland under-20 coach Nigel Carolan has made 12 changes to his starting line-up for the World Rugby Under-20 Championships semi-final against Argenti(...)

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