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Johnny Sexton will be braced for a sterner challenge against the All Blacks on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Don’t expect it next week, when New Zealand breeze into this neck of the woods. But we’ve just seen that it can be done.The Aviva Stadium saw Ireland (...)

The Conservatives’ Jill Mortimer hugs supporters after being declared winner ofHartlepool  byelection. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

One of the most deprived towns in England, Hartlepool has been in Labour’s hands for half a century but it was always going to be a struggle to hold t(...)

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer pulls a pint at Cameron’s brewery in Hartlepool. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/WPA Pool/Getty

Hartlepool, a struggling port town in the northeast of England with a population of just over 90,000, is seldom the centre of attention in Britain. Bu(...)

The annual rosebowl tournament contested by Dublin golf clubs was won by Castle, with Elm Park a close second. Photograph: Getty Images

Galway’s online congress held over the weekend attracted strong fields that included a number of out-of-state competitors in the main events. Victo(...)

Ireland’s Joy Neville is the first woman to officiate (as TMO) in a Tier One Test match. File photograph: Inpho

Twickenham provided a strange affair. The first half gave us a kicking duel, with neither team showing any appetite to play an expansive game. The sec(...)

Ireland were beaten by England at Twickenham in February before the tournament was suspended. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2020 Six Nations resumes this week 32-weeks after it was brought to a truly shuddering halt with the postponement of, first, the Ireland-Italy gam(...)

According to reports over the weekend, World Rugby are seemingly offering Joe Schmidt a new role. File photograph: Inpho

Schmidt - Act II Looks like Joe Schmidt has an employment opportunity that would keep him in Dublin while encouraging a deep dive into the mechanics (...)

The red card for Manu Tuilagi was indisputably correct, despite Eddie Jones’ “absolute rubbish” protests. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sadly, and wisely, there was no game for Ireland in Rome. But the fare on offer in Twickenham would have better suited the Coliseum. Too often England(...)

 Stuart McInally celebrates scoring Scotland’s third try in their win over France. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

Scotland 28 France 17 France’s hopes of their first Grand Slam in a decade were ended by their own undiscipline and by a Scotland side whose strong d(...)

It’s noticeable that Ivan Yates, who can often be heard merrily baiting ‘pinko lefties’ himself, keeps his counsel on this occasion, instead focusing on the victims of the gang feud.  Photograph: Newstalk

The wait is over. After months of anticipation, Tuesday’s general election announcement is the signal for contenders to start campaigning for real. Su(...)

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