Devin Toner wins a lineout during the Autumn International against New Zealand at the Aviva stadium in November 2018. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

On the Thursday afternoon before the opening game of this year’s Six Nations against England, my phone started to light up. Joe Schmidt had selected R(...)

Rory McIlroy reacts after making a birdie from off the green on the 16th hole during the second round of the 119th US Open Championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Photo: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Should Rory McIlroy summon the weekend spirit of Ontario, there would be little point in the remainder of this US Open field turning up for rounds thr(...)

 Brooks Koepka plays a shot from the 18th tee during a practice round prior to the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, California.   Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy’s four Major triumphs between 2011 and 2014 hinted at separation from the rest of the world’s leading contenders. After Jordan Spieth cla(...)

Brooks Koepka with  his caddie, Ricky Elliott, during the final round of the  2019 PGA Championship on the Black Course, Bethpage State Park, in Farmingdale, NY. Photograph:  Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Dreams change. They twist and turn in a person’s head and, on occasion, there comes a time when even the greatest of dreamers realise the futility of(...)

V&A trustee: the Irish fashion designer Jonathan Anderson. Photograph: Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty

The Irish fashion designer Jonathan Anderson has been appointed to the board of the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London. The creative director of J(...)

  Jacob Stockdale scores his  try. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

November Internationals: Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 - November 17th, Aviva Stadium Only one thing really rankled about the historic first win in Soldie(...)

Jack Nowell’s second try came when the Lions were down to 14 men. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Creative spark Where is the creativity in this Warren Gatland team? It is the question that has been asked since the first match and one that still h(...)

Irish captain Willie Anderson faces up to New Zealand captain Wayne Shelford as the All Blacks perform ‘The Haka’. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ringa pakia. The placebo effect can be a powerful psychological weapon. How should Ireland respond to a people who believe they are possessed by immo(...)

Continuity is crucial for our game; it requires an understanding of space; how to create it and then how to exploit it. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

My father played Gaelic football for Donegal. This is some effort but to do so as a minor and senior in the same season is pretty remarkable. In fact (...)

The All Blacks doing their lateral passing drill at half-time in the World Cup final. Instead of a cerebral chat in the dressing room they practised this key skill at speed.

At half -time in the RWC Final New Zealand came out early. The score stood in their favour 16-3. Why did they come out early in the biggest game on(...)

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