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Sean O’Brien carries during the third Test of the 2017 Lions tour to new Zealand. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The future of the British & Irish Lions is under threat after they emerged as the biggest losers from the remodelled English domestic season, whic(...)

The publishers of a book on the legendary Lions  tour to New Zealand in 1971 have apologised to Mike Gibson, pictured above in 2014, as part of a settlement announced at the High Court in Belfast. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of Ireland’s rugby greats is to receive “substantial” damages over false allegations that he manipulated team selection to ensure his position for(...)

Alex ‘’Hurricane’’ Higgins of Northern Ireland smokes between shots during the 1983 Embassy World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. Photo: Adrian Murrell/Allsport

Snooker loopy nuts are we Me and him and them and me We’ll show you what we can do With a load of balls and a snooker cue So went the chorus of Chas (...)

The picture would be close to unbearable without the presence of Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren.

Paolo Virzì’s grey-pound drama distinguishes itself in at least one regard. It’s some achievement to make a film about the twilight years that oozes b(...)

Ireland’s Fiona Coghlan will play for the Barbarians against Munster next month. Photograph: Inpho

The Barbarians are to field a women’s team for the first time in a fixture against Munster at Thomond Park on November 10th. It is the first of sever(...)

Saracens’ Liam Williams celebrates a try with Owen Farrell. The club has incurred losses of a cumulative £36.3m or so in the last seven years. Photograph: Mark Kerton/PA

Yesterday’s launch of the European rugby campaigns for the Pro14 participants was actually the fourth of what was to have been the brave new dawn unde(...)

The Lions and New Zealand players pose together after the series was shared following the drawn third Test.  Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

If ever a Lions tour in the professional tour provided compelling evidence that this wonderful relic of the amateur era should be maintained long into(...)

New Zealand’s coach Steve Hansen  speaks with British and Irish Lions’ coach Warren Gatland after the third  Test, which ended in a 15-15 draw. Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images

For Warren Gatland this seemed a natural Lions swansong – a tour under Ian McGeechan in 2009 to South Africa, then leading the Lions to Australia four(...)

Sean O’Brien arriving at a judicial hearing at the New Zealand Rugby offices in Wellington on Sunday. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Had Sean O’Brien been suspended for the third Test it would undoubtedly have been a game changer in favour of the All Blacks. Hereabouts, they respect(...)

Sean O’Brien in action against New Zealand on Saturday. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Sean O’Brien is free to play for the Lions in next Saturday’s momentous third test series decider against the All Blacks after the citing against him (...)

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