Jonah Lomu

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Nelson Mandela hands the Webb Ellis trophy to Francois Pienaar in 1995. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Twenty-five years ago this Wednesday, rugby union supplied the backdrop to one of the most famous images in history. Nelson Mandela and Francois Piena(...)

On Friday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar explained that if everything goes to schedule then competitive team sports could resume on July 20th. Photograph: Inpho

The return of team sports will not be recommended by the National Public Health Emergency Team before a vaccine for the coronavirus or anti-viral medi(...)

Belgian goalkeeper Jean Marie Pfaff claims the ball ahead of  Spanish forward Emilio Butragueno during the World Cup quarter-final in Puebla, Mexico in June 1986. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Easily the most thrilling 45 minutes I’ve ever known – up to April 1987 – is spent standing behind Jean-Marie Pfaff. Actually, I’m perched slightly ab(...)

Advertising agency Chemistry created this 2015 ad for the Irish Examiner, a tribute to the late Jonah Lomu.

Creative advertising agency Chemistry is closing its doors in an orderly wind-down after a difficult 2019. Co-founder and managing director Ray Sheeri(...)

New Zealand’s Sam Whitelock on the charge during the 2019 Rugby Championship draw with South Africa  in Wellington. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

For two tournaments in the 1990s the World Cup opened with the sound of thunder. The meeting of the hosts and the holders was becoming a tradition whe(...)

 Chester Williams of South Africa  during their 1995 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Western Samoa in Johannesburg.  File photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The iconic picture from the 1995 World Cup final of Nelson Mandela presenting Francois Pienaar with the William Webb Ellis trophy gifted rugby and Sou(...)

Nike has introduced the mannequins to ‘celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of sport’

If you walk into Nike’s London flagship store, you’ll see something you’ve likely not seen before. In among your common-or-garden thin plastic models,(...)

Ireland tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong is one of five nominations for The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland dominate a list of five nominees in contention to be named The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year for 2018. The Grand Slam cha(...)

Gary Halpin, director of boarding at Cistercian College, Roscrea. Photograph: John D Kelly

The man who will always be remembered for scoring Ireland’s first ever World Cup try against New Zealand has long departed the playing side of things (...)

Fiji winger  Nemani Nadolo in action for Montpellier against Leinster. “Over the years I just worked on my power. I’ve finally discovered I’m a big boy.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When the big wheel turns, it is hard to stop. Nemani Nadolo is the paddleboat steamer in Montpellier. He is boyish and open, a cartoon-sized winger, w(...)

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