South Africa winger S’busiso Nkosi leaps with the ball before scoring a try during the Test match against  Argentina at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa 24 Argentina 18 South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus was delighted to get 50 minutes from regular skipper Siya Kolisi in Saturday’s 24-18 R(...)

Cork Constitution players celebrate after their victory over Clontarf in the final of the All-Ireland League Division 1A at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Cork Constitution 28 Clontarf 13 Cork Constitution’s ruthless precision in taking try-scoring opportunities and the capacity to absorb the late withd(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton goes over for a try despite the tackle of Edinburgh’s Juan Pablo Socino during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 31 Edinburgh 10 On a day which also saw the Scarlets, last season’s main rivals suffer defeat, Leinster assumed leadership of Conference B o(...)

 New Zealand captain Fiao’o Faamausili,  raises the World Cup after victory over England in the final in Belfast.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

New Zealand 41 England 32 A watershed moment like 1995, when professionalism took hold of male rugby, remains some way off. So where to from here? (...)

New Zealand celebrate winning the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Finalafter beating England at  the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New Zealand 41 England 32 The English machine derailed by wave upon crashing wave of blackness. A never ending night until we move to Hong Kong or p(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony is blocked by referee David Wilkinson as Luke McGrath of Leinster runs past. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brief notes on a derby devoid of its former glory. Here was a Leinster victory that Munster coach Rassie Erasmus feels was gifted to Leo Cullen’s men (...)

At the top of the Irish list are Hilary and Alannah Weston (above), the Dublin-born mother and daughter from the family which controls Brown Thomas and Penneys in Ireland and Selfridges and Primark in the UK. The family is valued at some €15 billion. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The richest 250 people in Ireland are worth a combined €75.03 billion and have seen their wealth increase by 15.9 per cent in the last year, according(...)

From left: Denis Leamy, Ronan O’Gara, David Wallace, Simon Easterby, Gordon D’Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Denis Hickie and Shane Horgan on St Patrick’s Day 2007 as Ireland took on Italy in Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Grand Slams are the holy grail, all the more so when a country has only won two of them in 120 years of trying. But championship titles aren’t to be s(...)