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This 1917 oil painting, ‘Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)’ by Amedeo Modigliani, was auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York for more than $157 million. Photograph: Sotheby’s via AP

Nu couché (sur le côté gauche), a reclining nude by the modernist master Amadeo Modigliani, fetched $157.2 million (€132 million) last night in New Yo(...)

‘Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)’ by Amedeo Modigliani during a Sotheby’s preview of the May Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, in New York. Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

When it was first exhibited in Paris in 1917, Amedeo Modigliani’s female nude Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) caused such a stir that the police were c(...)

Donncha O’Callaghan of Worcester Warriors walks out onto the pitch at Sixways Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Every year around this time the list of players retiring from the game makes bittersweet reading. The names, whether famous or not, are a reminder tha(...)

Paul Wallace played all three Lions Tests in South Africa in 1997 having been called up as a replacement. Photograph: Bily Stickland/Inpho

It’s a nervous time for those players selected to travel with the Lions to New Zealand who are still involved with their clubs and provinces in season(...)

 Keith Earls in action for the British and Irish Lions in 2009. The Munster man did not feature in the preceding Six Nations tournament for Ireland. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Keith Earls and Alan Quinlan share a unique distinction pertaining to the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa in that of the original 37-man squad select(...)

England prop Joe Marler had some choice words for rugby’s administrators in relation to the new laws.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

World Rugby’s instructions that referees enact a zero tolerance policy regarding high tackles officially comes into law this weekend. This is an ef(...)

New Zealand’s Malakai Fekitoa tackles Simon Zebo of Ireland around the neck during the November international at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nigel Owens made a call last weekend. It was an incorrect interpretation of the rules but he was decisive. It was instinctive, as Nigel trusted his e(...)

Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

The draws for the  European Rugby Champions Cup and   Challenge Cup Pool Draws took place in Neuchatel. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster, beaten quarter-finalists last season and beaten finalists in 2011, have been handed a brutal draw in the newly styled Rugby Champions Cup pool(...)

Visitors talk near Paul Cezanne’s ‘Les Pommes,’ during a preview of Sotheby’s  Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Sotheby’s in New York. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The first of New York’s famous spring auctions got off to a strong start with Sotheby’s solid sale of Impressionist and modern art last night t(...)