Rob Kearney

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Rob Kearney: completed  master’s degree in business by night during injury layoff. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ireland and Lions rugby star Rob Kearney is putting his masters in business to good use. Accounts filed by the Leinster full back’s Willville Promotio(...)

 Leinster’s Ian Madigan. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

Leinster have announced that Ian Madigan has committed his future to the province until the end of the 2015/16 season.Madigan, 24, featured 32 times f(...)

Returning Lion Seán O’Brien with a staff member at Terminal Two in Dublin airport on his arrival  from Australia. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The early morning door-stepping shift never fails to disappoint. Irish Lions come through Dublin airport departures to their favourite sight. Lights (...)

Sean O’Brien of the Lions dives over for his try against the Melbourne Rebels. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Melbourne Rebels 0 British and Irish Lions 35: The dirt-trackers, re-enforced by the test bench, duly atoned for last week’s blip in Canberra again(...)

Rory Best (left) and Tom Court of the British and Irish Lions during the captain’s run at AAMI Park, Melbourne, scene of Saturday’s second Test against Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whatever about the last Tuesday game before the first Test, the last midweek game of the tour ahead of the second Test really is a speed bump. Admitte(...)

Sean O’Brien in action against the Combined Country earlier on the tour. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Sean O’Brien will get his chance to force his way onto the bench for the second test against Australia next weekend when he lines out for the British (...)

A dejected Seán O’Brien after the Lions’ defeat to the Brumbies. His ability to cover the entire backrow from the bench will be missed. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As if on cue for the announcement of the teams for the first Test in Brisbane tomorrow, the initial media corps of 40 or 50 which had accompanied t(...)

Lions’ captain Rory Best looks dejected after his team’s defeat to the ACT Brumbies at Canberra Stadium yesterday in Canberra, Australia. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Compounding the makeshift backline, being selected for a starting Lions team on the Tuesday before the first Test must feel like a double-edged sword,(...)

Simon Zebo  during yesterday’s match against the ACT Brumbies  at Canberra Stadium. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

About two-thirds of the Lions starting XV for the first Test looked nailed on, and that figure would be even higher if Tommy Bowe, George North and Ja(...)

 Rob Kearney of the Lions is tackled during the  match against the ACT Brumbies and the British & Irish Lions at Canberra Stadium. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Brumbies 14 Lions 12: Warren Gatland gambled on sacrificing the Lions’ unbeaten record by picking his non-test team and a makeshift backline four day(...)

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