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Leinster’s Josh van der Flier scores a try against Lyon during a Heineken Champions Cup game at the RDS  in January 2020. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The American racing driver Bobby Unser once observed that “success is where preparation and opportunity meet”, a maxim that easily straddles many form(...)

Ireland’s Béibhinn Parsons goes past Elinor Snowsill of Wales during the Women’s Six Nations match at  Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/Inpho

Béibhinn Parsons was incredible against Wales. I am not going to compare her to an Irish player from the past. She is a unique talent that comes alon(...)

Fiji is a possible destination for an Ireland tour this summer. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The IRFU have abandoned plans to re-route some of their proposed summer tour to Australia and are instead exploring the feasibility of pressing ahead (...)

Overall club income at Lahinch Golf Club declined by 61.5 per cent last year, from €3.45 million to €1.33 million. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

One of the country’s best-known golf courses, Lahinch Golf Club, recorded a “manageable” operating loss of €303,199 last year. In a report presented (...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki leaves the field after being shown a red card by referee Mathieu Raynal. Photograph: Inpho

“I’m sure I’ll wake up soon, it will be Monday all over again and nothing will have even started.” The gist of trainer Henry de Bromhead’s words, aft(...)

Johnny Sexton and George Ford will both play a key role for their teams on Saturday. File photograph: Getty Images

Sexton v Ford Johnny Sexton Club: Leinster Position: Outhalf Age: 35 Height: 1.88m (6’2”) Weight: 90kg (14st 2lbs) Ireland caps: 98 Points: 903 Why’s(...)

CJ Stander carries the ball during the Ireland captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium on Friday ahead of the Six Nations game  against England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland v England, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 4.45 – Live on Virgin Media 1, ITV 1 or follow on The Irish Times liveblog from 4.15 In keeping with thes(...)

 Jacob Stockdale makes a break for Ulster against Dragons. The Ulster fullback has stormed back from injury, looking closer to his scintillating best more than any time since 2018. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

Heretofore, loyalty shown by Ireland coach Andy Farrell has been admirable. Billy Burns flunks the last play against Wales, and Ireland lose, yet Farr(...)

 Johnny Sexton played a key role in Ireland’s win over Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

No head shaking in disgust or killer stare at the coaching box, Ireland’s captain went all 80 minutes to deliver when it really mattered. Johnny Sex(...)

Devin Toner remains an important part of the Leinster squad. File photograph: Inpho

The milestone is within reach. One more appearance will see Devin Toner pull alongside Gordon D’Arcy (261) as the most capped rugby player in Leinster(...)

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