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British and Irish Lions team captain Sam Warburton training with Rory Best. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Fullbacks/wings Stuart Hogg Glasgow Warriors and Scotland. DOB: 24/6/1992. Height: 1.80m (5’ 11’’). Weight: 100kg (15st 10lbs). – Potentia(...)

Who will be the Lions captain? Brian O’Driscoll, Ian McGeechan and Clive Woodward have all endorsed Sam Warburton’s credentials. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

On Wednesday the ever-changing guessing games of pundits and bar-room punters alike will finally, and some might say mercifully, come to an end when W(...)

IIreland’s Billy Holland, Donnacha Ryan, Simon Zebo, Conor Murray and CJ Stander celebrate after beating the All Blacks in Chicago, the US. File photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland’s triumph over the All Blacks, the summer heatwave and President Michael D Higgins queuing at an ATM were among the moments which brought joy (...)

Sporting opium: silver medallist Annalise Murphy with other Irish Olympic sailors. Photograph: Alan Betson

They say sport is a great healer. They say so, and – as someone who first invested in a tracksuit at the age of 30, and only then because I was pregna(...)

The late Jonah Lomu leaves the pitch after playing Ireland in the 1995 RugbyWorld Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A foreboding thought: The All Blacks are playing for Jonah Lomu. Lomu passed away one year ago aged only 40. The All Black legend and giant winger (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has no new concerns after Saturday’s win over Canada. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Ireland have never gone into a meeting with the All Blacks in better nick. Quite conceivably, the entire first-choice XV were rested up while a notion(...)

John Breen: New York marathon  sweet success.

“It’s all about pain Seamus!” Alone it Stands, Act 1, Scene 4. This is a line from Alone it Stands (more on that title later), a play I wrote 17 year(...)

The last team to prevent New Zealand from scoring a try in a Test match was Australia, in August 2014. Photograph:  Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images

How does a team stop the All Blacks from crossing their try line? The short and to be fair obvious answer is with great difficulty. The last team to (...)

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland will fly to America on Friday to watch the Maoris play the USA and then Ireland face an All Black team he believes has taken the game (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With round three of the Guinness Pro12 already upon us there are trends that are evident to this observer. But with an eye on the gargantuan task lyin(...)

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