Johnny Sexton at a training session at the Aviva yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One of my oldest memories of watching the Five Nations Rugby tournament, as it was then, was of Ireland playing England on a wet day in the 1970s. And(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Porter, Jonathan Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan celebrate victory over the All Blacks in 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“It just wouldn’t happen today,” Willie John McBride says on a rainy morning at home in Ballyclare as he explains the vast differences between the gle(...)

Former Irish rugby player Willie John McBride has been recognised for his service to the sport in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s honours list.

Former Irish rugby player Willie John McBride has been recognised for his service to the sport in Queen Elizabeth’s new year’s honours list. The 78-y(...)

Ireland’s match against Argentina in 1990 was the first time that the IRFU handed out caps for games against the Pumas. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What links the names Paul Traynor, Frank O’Driscoll, John Birch and Leo Galvin? All four played in rugby matches against the Argentina national s(...)

TG4’s coverage at the Sportsground on Saturday was sloppy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Where is the journalism? Choose your channel. Former players and coaches as commentators have obvious value: take a leaf from Tony Romo’s playbook. T(...)

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding: acquitted of rape

Irish rugby has to deal with “disrespectful and derogatory” behaviour of role models if it wants to be seen as embodying the best spirit of Ireland, a(...)

Tony Keady: pivotal figure on the great Galway team of the 1980s. Photograph: Inpho

Deeds of the past can provide inspiration to those of the present, as Galway hurling captain David Burke so poignantly acknowledged in his acceptance (...)

Moira O’Neill, who has died aged 94, was possibly the oldest hotelier in Ireland and certainly one of the most celebrated. For more than seven decades(...)

“A massive amount of work has gone into it and a couple of the six weeks I had before the tour probably stood to me. I did an awful amount of work and conditioning and fitness and strengthening and everything in that time. I feel very good. I feel very fast and strong.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At last we have seen Sean O’Brien fully fit and at full tilt. With that has come his first win over the All Blacks in seven attempts and now a crack a(...)

Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny celebrate after victory for the Lions in the third Test against Australia in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland’s Lions have a chance to win a Test series when they face New Zealand in the third and final match at Eden Park on Saturday. Only the t(...)

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