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  The Lions pack causes problems for South Africa during the Third Test match   on July 4th, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

A final decision on this summer’s British & Irish Lions tour will be taken by the end of March with officials increasingly keen to host it on home(...)

Sir Richard Francis Burton: soldier, explorer, geographer, cartographer, anthropologist, diplomat, polyglot and author

Nowadays the name Richard Burton evokes the memory of the Welsh actor and husband of Elizabeth Taylor but in earlier times it belonged to one of the m(...)

Prince Philip retired from public duty in 2017. File photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s 99-year-old husband, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure with an ailment that is (...)

Covid-19: Healthcare professionals and the public are all confused about coronavirus terms

Politicians facing the spread of coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, lay claim to “following the science”, conferring a Rosetta Stone-like qualit(...)

Harry and Meghan Markel release a photograph to announce that they are expecting another child. Photograph: Misan Harriman/The Duke and Duchess of Sussex/Getty Images/handout

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have sought to distance themselves from the British royal family, are expecting a baby, a spokesperson for the cou(...)

France’s head coach Fabien Galthie and Bernard Laporte, president of the French rugby federation   (FFR). Galthie selects players he can shape and who are hungry to learn from his band of technical coaches. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

‘French flair’ is the hackneyed phrase used whenever the English-speaking rugby world tries to describe the joys of French running rugby. It implies t(...)

James Ryan looks set to be ruled out due to the head injury which forced him off in Cardiff. Photograph: Inpho

Six Nations: Ireland v France Kick-off: 3pm, Sunday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 2.30pm. On TV: Live (...)

Dr Barry O’Driscoll   believes the present concussion protocols in rugby union are there for commercial reasons.

“It has got worse since I resigned,” says Dr Barry O’Driscoll, the former medical adviser to World Rugby who stepped down in 2012 to protest against t(...)

Celta’s Scottish midfielder Jordan Holsgrove comes under pressure from  Villarreal  Manuel Trigueros     at the Balaidos Stadium in Vigo on January 8th, 2021.  Photograph: Miguel Riopa/AFP via Getty Images

At the end of his first full professional game, Jordan Holsgrove got a message from his older brother trying to take credit for what he had just done (...)

By the early 20th century the syringe was in higher demand and eventually became a key tool of vaccine delivery

Needles make me squeamish. I don’t think I’m alone. This is only one of the many reasons that I did not become a doctor. But needles are very useful t(...)

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