Gordon D’Arcy in action for Lansdowne  during an All-Ireland League game against Garryowen in March 2000. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

A primary challenge for elite young rugby players these days is to avoid being overtrained and underplayed. Playing matches is the ultimate developmen(...)

 Lansdowne jerseys laid out  on hangers under the   canopy  with the canvas awning as the club returns to  action against Wanderers in the Leinster Senior Cup. Gear bags are scattered beneath.

A couple of minutes after six o’clock in the evening the car park at Merrion Road was almost full, that in itself the first anomaly on this match day.(...)

Wexford’s Conor McDonald celebrates scoring  a goal in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A quarter-final against Kilkenny at  Nowlan Park. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

SATURDAY MUNSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Rinn, 5.0 – live on RTÉ 2 After pulling off last year’s once-in-72 years number on Cork, (...)