Johnny Sexton

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International Rugby Players association chief executive Omar Hassanein says players were never opposed to the concept of a world league. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Out of touch, money driven: late last February this combination of sound bites hit World Rugby’s unreleased plans for a Nations Championship. “To sug(...)

Johnny Sexton - who turned 34 last month - is currently training with the Irish rugby squad as they prepare for a tilt at the upcoming World Cup in Japan. Photograph: Inpho

Accumulated profits at the management company owned by Ireland and Leinster rugby player Johnny Sexton rose last year to €1.84 million. Sexton’s JAS (...)

 Ireland’s Joey Carbery damaged ankle ligaments during last weekend’s World Cup warm-up against Italy. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Joey Carbery’s participation in the World Cup appears to be in a degree of jeopardy, with the IRFU set to confirm on Wednesday that the ankle ligament(...)

Joey Carbery  is taken off the field injured during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Certitude: the best-laid plans will be ripped asunder as the 2019 World Cup becomes an event based on durability rather than ability. Who can smile t(...)

Joey Carbery   receives medical attention prior to being taken off during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 In what represented something of a trial for a host of players, ironically it was the performance and premature departure of one (...)

Joey Carbery of Ireland reacts as he receives medical attention prior to being taken off. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 - the winners and losers This was shaping into the easiest analysis piece to write: Joey Carbery rips open the debate about pilla(...)

Michael Kiernan celebrates the drop goal that sealed victory over England and a Triple Crown for Ireland in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland kick-start their preparations for the World Cup in the first of four warm-up games today as they seek to boldly go where no Irish team has eve(...)

‘I bought him a rugby ball and he looked at it like it was roadkill’

Honor is quiet. Yeah, no, she’s sitting in the back of the cor with a face as long as a wet week in Bettystown. Every so often, Sorcha makes the mista(...)

Lee Chin and his Wexford team-mates celebrate the Leinster final victory over Kilkenny at Croke Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Sunday will be the first time Wexford have played Tipperary as Leinster champions since 1997, the same year that they last defended an All-Ireland tit(...)

Johnny Sexton at Ireland Rugby open training at Thomond Park, Limerick on Friday.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby says that Joey Carbery has shaken off the effects of the hamstring injury that blighted the end of his Munster s(...)

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