Rob Kearney

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South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus on the sideline during the second Test as Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray and South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe talk on the pitch. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa 27 British & Irish Lions 9 So Rassie won, and the Springboks deservedly and emphatically did so too, to such an extent that the phys(...)

Johnny  Sexton celebrates scoring a  try during the 2011 final against Northampton at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Whatever way you look at it, that was a special win, even by Leinster’s standards. To down the reigning European and English champions after falling 1(...)

Devin Toner remains an important part of the Leinster squad. File photograph: Inpho

The milestone is within reach. One more appearance will see Devin Toner pull alongside Gordon D’Arcy (261) as the most capped rugby player in Leinster(...)

Hugo Keenan tries to find a gap between Wales’ Dan Biggar and George North. Photograph: Inpho

There is an ability in some sports top players possess, which coaches call emergent intelligence or premeditation. It comes from training for Plan A. (...)

Dan and Linda Kiely, Rob Kearney and Mishka and Padraig Staunton

Rugby player Rob Kearney and Voxpro founders Dan and Linda Kiely have invested a combined €250,000 in Irish start-up Snack Farm, with the former Leins(...)

Champagne Football is a book to enjoy now but also to look forward to rereading again in a decade, just to see how stranger than fiction it all was. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Best Champagne Football by Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan (Penguin, €12.99) We’re a mad little country at the back of it all. Where else (...)

James Ryan: “He’ll move on very quickly and he’ll roll his sleeves up. If he’s got captaincy he’ll want to do a great job,” says Lancaster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The game against England at Twickenham may have been perceived as the biggest Ireland face in the series. But how they finish the tournament is import(...)

Royal Hibernian Way occupies a high-profile position on Dawson Street in Dublin city centre.

The German family-office investor, AM Alpha, is said to be in pole position to acquire Royal Hibernian Way on Dawson Street. Having paid €50 million (...)

 Johnny Sexton on his way off the pitch after being replaced in Ireland’s defeat to France. Photograph: Inpho

At least for the hours and days following, it was conveyed to a rugby world that cares as an unholy transgression, a disagreeable wickedness, an unrig(...)

What will the Ireland team be for the opening fixture in the 2021 Six Nations?  File photograph: Inpho

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell decided to stick rather than twist in personnel terms when naming his Ireland squad during the week for the start of t(...)

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