The players fight after a challenge on Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray by Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa during the second  Test in Cape Town. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

For the first time in history two giant rugby rivalries will be played on the same day as the Lions play the Springboks in Cape Town and New Zealand t(...)

The British and Irish Lions prepare for Saturday’s first Test match against South Africa. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The British and Irish Lions team to face South Africa in Cape Town Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 5pm) has fallen along the lines that were were widely(...)

Lions captain Conor Murray with head coach Warren Gatland during a training session on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A previous trend in picking Lions captains has been to anoint players who have captained their country on a regular basis. Ireland’s Conor Murray buck(...)

Funerals taking place  at the Olifantsvlei Cemetery in Soweto, Johannesburg. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

The behemoth that is the 2021 British and Irish Lions social media marketing conglomeration is churning out shallow ‘goody two shoes’ stories at a fre(...)

Ireland’s Caelan Doris in action against Scotland in the  Autumn Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium on December 5th, 2020. The 22-year-old is not expected to return to the squad for the foreseeable future due to a head injury. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

It’s a rest weekend in the Six Nations, so I thought I’d open a time capsule. It’s November 1978. Wales are just moments away from a famous victory a(...)

James Joyce’s affinity for Bective Rangers saw the Donnybrook club mentioned in three of the author’s books. Photograph:

Novelist, poet, short story writer and teacher James Joyce attended several rugby internationals while living in Paris. Educated at Clongowes, O’Conne(...)

Veteran broadcaster Pat Kenny had the audacity to read Gordon D’Arcy’s column live on Newstalk last Thursday morning without crediting the media outle(...)

Iain Henderson and Rory Best arrive at Laganside Magistrates court in Belfast on January 31st, 2018  where Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were on trial accused of raping the same woman. Photograph:  Pacemaker

Rain fell on Iain Henderson and Rory Best as they walked into Laganside Magistrates Court. The incoming and outgoing captains of Ulster wore similarly(...)

 Morne Du Plessis leads out his team against the British Lions in 1980 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

No issue has divided or caused more controversy in rugby than apartheid, and specifically the sport’s links with South Africa and the Springboks while(...)

Action from South Africa v Australia at Newlands in July 1933, the tour on which Aubrey Hodgson made his Wallabies debut. File photograph: Getty Images

A recent lockdown clear-out prompted the discovery of a semi-skimmed and long-forgotten letter forwarded to me by my mother some years ago; a piece of(...)

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