Tommy Bowe

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Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman lifted the padding from the bottom of the visitors’ left-hand upright, as Munster hooker Rhys Marshall drove for the line.

Ever since William Webb Ellis supposedly picked up the leather pill and ran with it, rugby teams have been trying to bend the laws. It’s true of any s(...)

Recognising that juggling work and a new baby tests even the best organised parents, the company is aiming to ease the path to parenthood by topping up maternity leave with 16 weeks paid leave for fathers and second parents. Photograph: pixdeluxe/Getty Images

It’s a sign of the times at software company, Zendesk. Its Irish workforce is getting older and the patter of little feet is growing louder as the num(...)

Ronan Kelleher scores his second try for Leinster  against Connacht at the Sportsgraound. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ins and Outs Every cloud has a silver lining, right? That would be the try scoring, offloading Ronan Kelleher at the Sportsground last Friday night.(...)

Keith Earls of Ireland is pushed out over the touchline during the  Rugby World Cup Group A game against  Japan  at the  Shizuoka stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

It doesn’t seem so long ago since Keith Earls was the impressionable young flyer who was almost in awe of some of the established legends in the Irish(...)

Scotland head coach  Gregor Townsend could see his side go out of the Rugby World Cup if their final game against Japan on Sunday is cancelled. Photograph:   Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Stop all the clocks. Turn off the deep-fat fryer, leave the Mars bars alone. Do not walk five hundred miles. It looks for all the world that Scotland(...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale is tackled by Japan’s Ryohei Yamanaka during the the Pool A defeat  at Shizuoka Stadium. “I thought in the Japan game particularly, they defended really well as a team.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jacob Stockdale still has a pretty decent strike rate for Ireland, with 16 tries in 23 Tests. But at this World Cup he’s hardly had a sniff of the try(...)

 New Zealand’s  Sonny Bill Williams stretches to score the  All Blacks’ third try during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match against  Canada at the Oita Stadium. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Day 13 of the Rugby World Cup. To which the obvious reaction can only be – hang on, are you certain it’s only Day 13? Wasn’t Ireland’s win over Scotla(...)

Johnny Sexton kicks at goal during Wednesday’s Captain’s Run at the  Kobe Misaki Stadium in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Russia Venue: Kobe Stadium. Kick-off: 7.15pm local time/11.15am Irish time. On TV: Live on Eir and RTÉ (ROI) and ITV (NI) and live radio (...)

Kenki Fukuoka of Japan runs in to o score his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup Group A game against  Ireland at the  Ecopa  stadium   in  Shizuoka. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Cripes. Did we ever imagine that the high point of the second half would be that moment when “signal loss detected” popped up on the screen? And the l(...)

England winger Joe Cokanasiga  is tackled by USA prop David Ainuu as he runs in to score a try during Rugby World Cup Pool C at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The hardest yards at the Rugby World Cup come in midweek, when the big dogs bark and the yappy ones get chomped. How do you cover a game where everyon(...)

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