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 Tom Hayes: Exeter player has retired with immediate effect because of a back injury

Exeter boss Rob Baxter has no doubt that former Chiefs captain Tom Hayes will leave a lasting legacy at the Aviva Premiership club.Hayes, who has reti(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw made his Ireland debut on the summer tour earlier this year

It is very simple. The IRFU, as their director of rugby Eddie Wigglesworth explains, live and breathe off the national team. Everything else is backgr(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll touches down for his last-minute try. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Ireland 20 Australia 20 Croke Pk, Dublin November 15th, 2009The game began and ended on set moves to release Brian O’Driscoll; the first of them coug(...)

Our relationship started badly. When he took to the pitch in that Munster-Leinster semi-final at Croke Park in 2009 I knew very little about him, if a(...)

Ronan O’Gara and his wife Jessica  in Cork last night for the testimonial dinner.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy

  Former Munster, Ireland and Lions outhalf Ronan O’Gara last night said he was thrilled to be honoured in his home town when 900 gu(...)

The second game in the double-header at Cusack Park on Saturday proved to be a one-sided affair like the opener. But on this occasion it was the Laois(...)

Wednesday, June 26th Christie’s, London. Pop Culture sale. Elizabeth Taylor’s first wedding dress, £121,875 (£30,000-£50,000). Sunday, June 23rd Mealy(...)

Victorian art has been out of fashion in an international art market dominated by collectors prepared to pay multimillion-euro sums for modernist art(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock. Photograph: Lorraine O'Sullivan/Inpho

The concept of a High Performance Department (HPD) comes from the Olympic movement. The role of the HPD is to produce a constant supply of top (...)

Jonathan Sexton in action during Ireland training at Carton House. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

More than a little battered and careworn, and with a dozen or so full internationals sidelined, Ireland unveil their final sel(...)

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