Last Wednesday week’s dry run for the first Test between the South African As and the Lions was perhaps not only a foretaste of what’s to come but als(...)

Springboks’ Jean de Villiers is tackled by Jamie Roberts of the Lions during the 2009 tour. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The moral quandary of whether sporting events should proceed amid a pandemic has been revived by the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa to(...)

Brian O’Driscoll dives over the line to score a try for the of the British and Irish Lions during the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane in June 2001. Photograph: David Rogers/Allsport

These have been grim times for everybody, but some people had the good fortune to cope with the various lockdowns better than others. For young parent(...)

South Africa centre  Damian de Allende will join Munster next season on a two-year deal. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA Wire

Damian de Allende, the Springboks’ World Cup winning centre, has agreed a two-year deal with Munster. The Irish province and head coach Johann van Gra(...)

 John McGrath raises one of the local kids over his head in the Mbekweni township, close to Paarl city, the former home to World Champion long jumper Luvo Manyonga. Photograph: Barbara McCarthy

Ask John McGrath how far he’s come to speak at the GAA coaching conference in Croke Park on Saturday and you don’t get an answer: you get a philosophy(...)

Ronan O’Gara with Jean de Villers during the latter’s solitary season with the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The solution to an immediate Munster problem seems so obvious when uttered by a Springbok captain. Of course Jean de Villiers is much more than that. (...)

Jamie Heaslip’s first try against Italy in the 2016 Six Nations has been named Try of the Year at the World Rugby awards. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Nominee Jamie Heaslip has missed out on being named World Rugby Player of the Year, with New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett handed the award at a ceremony (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Necessity being the mother of invention, both Ireland and South Africa are likely to unveil much changed line-ups when Joe Schmidt and Allister Coetze(...)

Newly anounced Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss pictured during a training session in Stellenbosch on Monday. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa named hooker Adriaan Strauss as captain for next month’s three-Test home series against Ireland. New coach Allister Coetzee, who named a(...)

Johnny Holland’s on-field demeanour has been one of the Cork man’s notable attributes since his breakthrough for Munster this season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Last Friday in Musgrave Park was special, not least for a Cork lad who had been making the short trek from Togher as a nipper to support the team and (...)

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