July 22nd, 2020: People watch the last Qantas Boeing 747 airliner preparing to take off from Sydney airport. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

A recent Irish Times invitation to emigrants to share their experiences of the pandemic included these responses from Australia. A report last month (...)

Armagh v Roscommon in the National League in October: Armagh had "home advantage", courtesy of self-portraits from over 3,000 primary school children across the county in the stands. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Crowds There weren’t any. And it took our pundits some time to adjust to the new normal. Eg Before Armagh played Roscommon at the Athletic Grounds: C(...)

 Waratahs coach Rob Penney says if reports are true they risked undermining morale in the game. File photograph: Getty Images

New South Wales Waratahs coach Rob Penney has hit out at reports that Rugby Australia were signing a schoolboy to a multi-million dollar contract, say(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki jumps on teammate Johnny Sexton with Jordi Murphy as they celebrate winning the third Test against Australia in Sydney. Photograph: David Moir/EPA

Dr Wade Gilbert, an internationally renowned coaching consultant, sport scientist, award-winning professor in the department of kinesiology at Califor(...)

Stuart Lancaster: “My aim is . . . trying to do the right thing on a daily basis, trying to do the right thing for Leinster, trying to improve the players, to improve the environment.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Rob Andrews unexpected memoir tears open a healing wound. The former RFU director of rugby has revived harsh criticism of former England coach Stuart (...)

 Anthony Foley’s side should pick up a bonus point against Treviso. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Champions Cup opening salvo proves there’s always a new mountain to climb even if the provinces are still paying that heavy World Cup toll. Let’s (...)

Sam Burgess has left Bath to return to South Sydney Rabbitohs and rugby league. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Sam Burgess has revealed he stepped away from rugby union because his “heart just isn’t in it”. Burgess last week left Bath to return to the South Syd(...)

Tom Burgess (L) with brothers Luke and George. Photograph: Getty

The phone rang late on Sunday night and the voice was unmistakable. “Hello mate, how are you?” Thomas Burgess asked, as if he was calling to find out (...)

Mike Ford:  Circuitous Rugby League career took him, by chance, to Ireland in January 2002. Photograph: Getty Images

Russell Crowe wasn’t momentarily speechless collecting an Oscar for Gladiator. Nor did the cinematic hard man well up after the South Sydney Rabbitohs(...)

Peter Stringer will leave Bath at the end of the season. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Sam Burgess will start, with Peter Stringer to feature at scrumhalf, as Bath intend to use every arrow in their quiver to stop Leinster in the Champio(...)

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