John Barry

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The Wales rugby squad takes part in a training session at the International Stadium Yokohama on Friday, ahead of their World Cup semi-final match against South Africa on Sunday. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

When he was still just Richard Jenkins, still just the unknown, watchful son of a Pontrhydyfen father who worked in the mines and a mother who worked (...)

 Wales and Australia fans show their support at Tokyo Stadium. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

It was a perfect storm of colour and accent and to the regular commuters on the Sunday evening Kaio local train bound for central Toyko, it must have (...)

Should self-employed pay more in social insurance to access a broader range of benefits?

Last month the Government announced plans to widen the net of eligibility for those who need State support when their business dries up. From November(...)

Pat Lambie has retired from rugby at 28-years-old. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pat Lambie retired from rugby this week at the age of 28, the latest player done too soon after suffering repeated concussions. The South Africa outha(...)

John West, former Ireland rugby international Trevor Ringland and John McNally in Holywood. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The upmarket homes and gated estates of the Belfast professionals who live in north Co Down leave the town of Holywood open to gentle jibes about Nort(...)

Police oversee anti-fascist protest against Britain First in Newtownards, Co Down. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Controversial independent unionist councillor Jolene Bunting has been “proscribed” from the far-right Britain First group following a public row. Bri(...)

Ulster Unionist Assembly member Mike Nesbitt, former Ireland international Trevor Ringland and Rev John Dunlop. File photographs: The Irish Times/Inpho

A “civic unionism” group of more than 100 people from various sections of Northern Irish society has challenged what it says is a nationalist assumpti(...)

 Wales head coach Warren Gatland emerges from the tunnel before the captain’s run  ahead of their opening Six Nations match against Scotland  on Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Preview: Wales v Scotland Principality Stadium, Saturday, 2.15, Live on TV: TV3, BBC 1 Warren Gatland will on Saturday equal Bernard Laporte’s (...)

Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

Warren Gatland saw his Lions side beaten for a second time on Saturday morning. Photograph: Davia Davies/PA

‘Highlanders Claim Magical Victory’ proclaimed the headline in the New Zealand Herald and it offered an inkling of the tone that rugby wrier Gregor Pa(...)

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