Johnny Watterson

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Sanita Puspure, dual world champion in the single sculls: “I find [I have] a more efficient way to move the boat, which gives you a second every 500m which is four seconds over the 2,000 metres, which is a massive margin.”  Photograph: Detlev Seyb/Inpho Games in Tokyo

“A mother, a wife, a rower, 2 x Olympian, 2 x World and European Champion. Proud to be wearing green vest.” As Twitter handles go it sums up Ireland’(...)

Katie Taylor celebrates her victory over Christina Linardatou after the super-lightweight championship fight at the  Manchester Arena. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

  Following her unanimous win over Christina Linardatou in the Manchester Arena last weekend to become a two-weight world champion, Katie Taylor,(...)

 Cori Gauff in action during her second round match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Photograph: Getty Images

A few years ago some of the eastern European players, whose English was often broken learned some whole phrases to pepper their conversations in inter(...)

Johnny Watterson: won with in-depth feature on the world champion boxer. Photograph: Frank Miller

Johnny Watterson of The Irish Times is the Investec 20x20 Media Awards winner for March. Johnny’s winning article published in print and online in the(...)

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour in action against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, in January. Photograph: ©INPHO/Gary Carr

For a player who because of inexperience could appear vulnerable or open to self-doubt, Jordan Larmour says he’s breezing nicely into the heaving brea(...)

Fergus McFadden: “There are four friendlies before the start of the World Cup. That is time for Joe to try new guys.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It has been a painfully slow winter for Fergus McFadden, short days longer than they should have been. In October Leinster coach Felipe Contepomi con(...)

Stuart Lancaster says the pickle in which the Irish rugby team now finds itself may be traced back to the Red Rose rout of Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Blame England. Former English coach Stuart Lancaster might have caught the mood of the weekend better than many of his Leinster players. The pickle in(...)

Wales’ wing Josh Adams  celebrates scoring against England. Wales will now take some stopping on their Grand Slam run. Photograph: Getty Images

Momentum, momentum, momentum. As Ireland search for it, Wales have it, yet the margins are tiny. On opening night Wales were in almost as tricky a spo(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong with David Denton and Pete Horne of Scotland during last year’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland won 28-8. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

One of the issues that spooked Irish players this week was questions about the Rugby World Cup (RWC) later this year. Sensitivities sharpened after de(...)

 Ireland may win the Six Nations but back-to-back Grand Slams are unlikely.

Gerry Thornley Who will win/will there be a Grand Slam? Ireland are the most efficient and dependable machine, although whether this biennial schedu(...)

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