Andy Farrell: “If something is not up to scratch and it is not good enough you need to be honest about that.” Photograph: Laszlo GeczoInpho

Conceding three tries to Italy in the final 25 minutes last Saturday week at the Aviva Stadium ought to have given Wales and Ireland’s other remaining(...)

 Vinny Hammond records a Lions training session in Queenstown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Lions are a machine, and they’ve needed to be. To transport 41 players, plus add-ons, and up to around 40 support staff and some 20 tonnes of lugg(...)

“The family are incredibly excited,” says France-bound Paul O’Connell. “They don’t care about my injuries. They just want to make sure we go.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A player who has come to the end of his Irish career is beginning another. Paul O’Connell wants to be with Toulon when European competition shortly co(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is unhappy with speculation about his coaching staff. Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters

Wales boss Warren Gatland has said he wants his current coaching staff to remain in place “until at least 2019”. Head coach Gatland has a deal in plac(...)

IToulon-bound Paul O’Connell in action at Ireland rugby squad training at the Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Paul O’Connell clarified that while his decision to sign for Toulon represents an exciting opportunity to pen a new chapter in his career, the Worl(...)

Seán O’Brien, Paul O’Connell and Rob Kearney wearing Ireland’s alternate World Cup jersey. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul O’Connell has confirmed that Ireland’s last game in the World Cup will be his final appearance for the national team ahead of joining three-time (...)