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When Lucy Mulhall won an All-Ireland junior football medal with Wicklow in 2011, she thought she had reached the pinnacle of her sporting career.
Sam Warburton, Wales' record-breaking captain and one of the most successful figures in the history of the Lions, has been forced to retire through injury at the early age of 29.
Wales flanker Sam Warburton has called time on his rugby career after failing to recover from his latest injury problem.
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby union at the age of 29, a joint statement from the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues has announced.
Melbourne Rebels No 8 Amanaki Mafi is in police custody in New Zealand following an altercation with team-mate Lopeti Timani after their Super Rugby loss to the Otago Highlanders on Saturday.
New signing Kyle Godwin gave Connacht fans a taste of what they can expect next season with a stunning solo try in the ACT Brumbies' final game of the Super Rugby season.
Irish Rugby's stunning season has significantly helped to boost the IRFU coffers as the union recorded a lucrative €1.2m profit at their AGM yesterday.
Ulster are believed to be interested in bringing Wallabies winger Henry Speight to Kingspan Stadium for next season as short-term injury cover for Louis Ludik and Luke Marshall.
Former Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll was among visitors to an Orange parade in Co Armagh.
The IRFU's director of women's and sevens rugby Anthony Eddy has admitted that he was "surprised" by the fallout from the union's decision not to take up an offer from their Australian counterparts to send the women's union team on tour last month.
Leinster and Ireland rugby prop Jack McGrath has married his long-term girlfriend Sinead Corcoran in front of his team mates in Portugal.
Billy Burns has traded Gloucester for Ulster in a bid to force his way into the Ireland squad in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Wayne Pivac will take over as Wales head coach when Warren Gatland steps down after next year's World Cup.
The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) have announced four new measures to be introduced next season in the Top 14, including the use of up to 12 replacements and a new 'blue card'.
Neil Cronin makes no bones about it - he was convinced that his dream of earning a professional contract had been and gone.
Rugby Africa and Tunisia rugby chiefs have offered "sincere apologies" to the Zimbabwe team and management after players slept on streets ahead of a World Cup qualifier.
Ulster have still not given up hope of having Dan McFarland in situ before January, despite Simon Easterby taking on an interim role until their new head coach arrives.
Chris Ashton has joined Sale after being released by Toulon, the Gallagher Premiership club have announced.
Ulster have announced that Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby will provide coaching support until new head coach Dan McFarland arrives.
Ruaidhri O’Connor rates the best current Irish players but there’s no disputing who is top of the charts
It's hard to see how Ireland's tour to Australia could have gone much better. They could of course have won the series 3-0 rather than 2-1, but the loss in Brisbane was to an extent invaluable. It showed Joe Schmidt how his team reacted to adversity and it scotched any delusions of grandeur which might have followed the Six Nations campaign.
It looks very likely that Ireland will be joined by Samoa in Pool C of the 2019 World Cup after the defeated Germany on a scoreline of 66-15.
Tickets for Ireland vs New Zealand are being touted online at hugely inflated prices of up to €1335.
Israel Folau's wife has hit out at World Rugby after her husband received a one-match ban for an aerial collision against Ireland in last Saturday's clash in Sydney.
Former Leinster fly-half Ian Madigan says it has been a 'long journey' back to the highest level with Bristol, and admitted there were some difficult times when he was playing in the second-tier of English rugby.
Australia full-back Israel Folau has been banned for one match for contact in the air during last Saturday's third Test defeat by Ireland.
The Kildare v Mayo All-Ireland qualifier will go ahead in Newbridge on Saturday night after the GAA climbed down from their insistence that the game would be played in Croke Park.
Four years earlier, at the opposite end of the same Millennium Stadium pitch, Peter Stringer fed a Munster scrum, only to cry foul after the infamous 'Hand of Neil Back' brushed the ball from his grasp.
When Felipe Contepomi packed his stethoscope and left Dublin for pastures new, he did so having laid such strong foundations that returning to the place he called home for six years always felt like a real possibility.
Leo Cullen has hailed the appointment of Felipe Contepomi as Leinster's new backs coach after it was confirmed that the legendary former out-half will return to the province for whom he played 116 times across a six-year spell.
Ian Madigan and Luke Fitzgerald agree that Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton is the clear favourite to win World Rugby's Player of the Year award this season.
On the last Left Wing of the season, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Bristol out-half Ian Madigan to recap Ireland's series win over Australia and much more.
Former Argentinean outhalf Felipe Contepomi has returned to Leinster to become the province's backs coach
Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal remains hopeful of persuading Chris Ashton to stay at the club despite the England wing's request to leave.
He never wore the armband on to the field, but one thing is clear as the Irish team disperse throughout the globe in search of a break: Johnny Sexton is the man driving this Irish team.
Leinster Rugby have confirmed Irish-qualified back three player Aaron O'Sullivan will be one of eight players to join the Leinster Academy ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The Rugby Football Union says Eddie Jones remains “the man” to lead England to the World Cup in Japan – but warned it would not be afraid to make a late change if results were to slide again ahead of next year’s tournament.
In terms of quality it was never going to be a classic but Saturday's result is further proof that this Ireland squad is ready to make history at next year's World Cup by reaching the semi-finals - at least.
In the wake of Ireland's first-Test defeat to Australia, defence coach Andy Farrell laid down a challenge to the Irish players, saying "now we'll find out what the good old-fashioned Irish ticker is about".
A lot can change in the 454 days between now and Ireland's World Cup opener against Scotland in Yokohama but at this remove it is impossible not to feel optimistic about what Joe Schmidt's side can achieve in Japan.
For two opposing players in Ireland's titanic test series against Australia, it was merely a catch-up from earlier in their rugby careers.
Australia have questioned whether CJ Stander's one-man lift of Peter O'Mahony put the Ireland captain at risk of a heavy fall after star full-back Israel Folau was cited in the wake of Saturday's series decider.
Big moments decide big games, and in the closing stages of yet another enthralling Test in Australia, Ireland ultimately managed to come up with more than the Wallabies did.
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus is already looking to next year's World Cup in Japan after their series victory over England confirmed for him that his side are ready to launch a challenge.
Before heading for home from the 1994 version of this tour we took one last trot along Manly Beach, one of the many beautiful vistas in this part of the world. And there we happened upon a scene so entertaining it was not just fall-down funny but a metaphor for the trip itself.
Joe Schmidt has hailed his side's capacity to thrive in adversity as they overcame a slew of injuries and a delay in getting to Sydney's Allianz Stadium to beat Australia and claim a first series win over one of the traditional Southern Hemisphere big three since 1979.
An epic finish to an enthralling series: if you were framing a three-match set-piece then top of your wishlist is that it's still alive when the hooter goes in the last game. So that was a bonus, never mind who won it. But if you were the Wallabies, desperate to avoid losing another series having drawn a blank against England here two years ago, then it would have been hard to find value in the drama of it all.
I feel a huge sense of pride in Ireland's rugby team. When it was easier to lose this game, Ireland displayed remarkable reserves of courage all the way to the finish line. The nation should applaud their appetite for the contest and their heroic virtue throughout the Test series.
Ireland and Australia played out a cracking three-game series over the last month but for two opposing players, it was merely a catch-up from earlier in their rugby careers.
Ireland turned a dodgy start into winning finish in front of a record crowd for Sydney's Allianz Stadium of 44,085 to make history by winning the first ever three-Test series with Australia. It was their first series win here since the 2-0 success of 1979.
England's five-Test losing run came to an end as Owen Farrell marked his first win as captain by kicking six penalties in a 25-10 victory over South Africa at Newlands.
Joe Schmidt has hailed his side’s capacity to thrive in adversity as they overcame a slew of injuries and a delay in getting to Sydney’s Allianz Stadium to beat Australia and claim a historic first series over one of the traditional Southern Hemisphere big three since 1979.
Joe Schmidt says the 'furnace' of Ireland's series-deciding test with Australia could prove to be a turning point in the development of some of their younger and less-experienced players.
The Australian National Rugby League has thrown its support behind two female rugby players from opposing teams who kissed after a game, after an image of the embrace prompted criticism.
Here is how the Ireland players rated in the dramatic 20-16 win over Australia in Sydney that clinched the test series.
Johnny Sexton is always an emotional player and he couldn't hide his feelings when dealing with the referee in Ireland's dramatic 20-16 third test win over Australia.
When you are trying to bridge a gap going back to 1979 then it’s apposite that the last few pieces should be put in place in high drama.
Ireland look to clinch the series against Australia in today's third test in Sydney. Kick off is at 11am and you can follow all the action in our liveblog:
Ireland's preparations for their series decider against Australia were disrupted after getting delayed in heavy Sydney traffic ahead of today's final test.
Irishmen helped build the American railroad and the Empire State Building, and now they doing their bit to mark USA out on the world rugby map.
Gone are the days when Ireland reserved their worst performance for the last game of the season as the lure of the beach proved too strong. Joe Schmidt put paid to Irish eyes being taken off the ball.
Niall Scannell will start Ireland's series decider against Australia this morning (11.0) after Sean Cronin was forced to pull out with a hamstring injury.
Nathan Hughes believes former Wasps team-mate Danny Cipriani is ready to mark his international return by orchestrating the end of England's losing run.
It was the spring of 2011 and while the finish line for my playing career was in sight, I found myself in the all-too-familiar position of working my way back from injury - a dislocated elbow the affliction on this particular occasion.
Of the three Leinster out-halves in this Ireland squad, Ross Byrne attracts the least fanfare and minimal column inches.
As Ireland arrive at the final game of what has been a long season, Joe Schmidt was never likely to have a full deck to pick from, but there are merits to the head coach having his hand somewhat forced.
Sean Cronin has emerged as a doubt for Ireland’s series decider against Australia after sitting out the Captain’s Run at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.
Joe Schmidt will wait until after the November internationals to make a decision on his future beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
It is good to have options and when he eventually takes some time to consider his future towards the end of this year, Joe Schmidt will have plenty.
Michael Cheika is sticking to his all-out-attacking policy for tomorrow's series decider in Sydney.
In January 49BC, Julius Caesar received instructions from the senate to leave Gaul and return home to Rome. He received explicit instructions not to travel with his army and that no legion should cross the Rubicon which was situated at Italy's northern border.
Australia head coach Michael Cheika has called on his players to counter Ireland's attempts to frustrate them ahead of Saturday's deciding Test at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Ireland assistant coach Andy Farrell could join Ulster as interim head coach if the Scottish Rugby Union refuse to release Dan McFarland before January.
Danny Cipriani will make his first England start for a decade after being selected at fly-half for Saturday's third and final Test against South Africa.
This has to go into the hall of fame of Irish sporting impressions.
It remains to be seen if Ross Byrne gets off the bench in what we still call the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday. If he does, he will join the elite club of those capped for their country.
THE fallout from Munster signing Gerbrandt Grobler will not result in a change of policy from the IRFU.
Joe Schmidt has challenged Sean Cronin to prove himself at the set-piece after recalling the Leinster hooker to the side for the decider against Australia.
Joe Schmidt has recalled Sean Cronin to his starting XV for Saturday’s series decider against Australia.
The curious case of Seán Cronin and his quest to force himself into Joe Schmidt's plans as Ireland's starting hooker continued in Melbourne last week when he was left out of the match-day squad.
One issue has dominated the local media this week and it is Ireland's success in taking Israel Folau out of the equation for large parts of Saturday's win over Australia.
Leo Cullen has warned that Leinster face an "incredibly tough" pool in next season's Champions Cup after the defending champions were drawn alongside previous winners Wasps, Toulouse and Bath.
Leinster have been drawn in an intimidating group containing four-times winners Toulouse as well as English sides Wasps and Bath ahead of their Champions Cup title defence next season.
Paddy Jackson in line to play in Ireland next season as Perpignan have been drawn in the same Challenge Cup pool as Connacht.
Ireland will face Argentina and the USA as well as the All Blacks in November this November, it has been confirmed.
Robbie Henshaw says Ireland can make a statement by to the rest of the rugby world by adding a series win over Australia to their Grand Slam.
Days after starting loosehead prop Cian Healy was forced off early in the second half of Ireland's win over Australia with an injury to his AC joint, Dave Kilcoyne joined the squad's training session at the North Sydney Oval yesterday.
For all that he is focused on winning this series in Australia, there is no doubt that Joe Schmidt is keeping a close and increasingly worried eye on events in South Africa where Rassie Erasmus is already having an effect on the down-at-heel Springboks.
Paddy Jackson made his return to rugby yesterday as he turned out for pre-season training for the first time with new club Perpignan.
Leinster wing Fergus McFadden has hailed James Ryan after his sensational season and tipped the youngster as a possible Lions captain in the future.
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Leinster and Ireland wing Fergus McFadden to discuss a historic season for Irish rugby.
Former Ulster and Ireland international Paddy Jackson began life as a Perpignan player this afternoon as the former out-half took part in his first pre-season training session.
Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne trained with Ireland in Sydney this morning but the management say he is not part of the squad for Saturday's decider against Australia.
Australia fullback Israel Folau has demanded accuracy from his side's kickers to help him be more effective in Saturday's three-test series decider against Ireland in Sydney.