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Gareth Southgate has told his England players they must go for the jugular against Croatia tomorrow in a match for which he will bring back all his big guns.
Ireland captain Rory Best launched a strong defence of his own selection on the eve of one of the biggest games of his storied career.
As the team bus rolled ominously through the streets of Belfast, the Irish players joked morbidly about which of them was going to get murdered first.
Germany were relegated from Group A1 of the Nations League after Holland earned a surprise 2-0 win over France.
Rory McIlroy regained his driving mojo but knows he must step on the gas if he's to end the season with a confidence-boosting win in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has admitted that he is both hurt and angry by the team's run of form but stressed that actions - and not words - are what matter now.
"It's one and two so whoever wins will be the best team in the world, regardless of rankings that's what people will take out of it. It will be a goodie."
Before one of Tonga's recent Test matches this year, in the Pacific Nations Cup, team manager Inoke Afeaki was forced to run out to a local sports shop.
"All the world's a stage…
When Alisa Hughes was overlooked for Ireland's World Cup squad last year, she knew it was time to go back to the drawing board.
Johnny Sexton has faced New Zealand 11 times in his illustrious career and only once has he ever swapped jerseys with an All Blacks player.
People like Pat McCarthy are the lifeblood of the GAA and it was no surprise that Waterford University Hospital was the first port of call after Ballygunner's five-in-a-row heroics.
Amhrán na bhFiann never sounded so good, music from the heavens blasting out over a field in north-west London on a spring afternoon in April 2012.
Christmas has come early for jumps fans with a mouth-watering duel between Faugheen, Samcro and Supasundae in tomorrow's Grade One Morgiana Hurdle (2.15) at Punchestown.
You rarely hear about 'milk stout' these days, a drink containing lactose which is a type of sugar derived from milk - although perhaps those involved in the craft-beer circles would know a bit about it.
Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne were sympathetic but Cormac Sharvin refused to blame anyone but himself for a cruel two-shot penalty that may have cost him his card at the European Tour Qualifying School.
Apart from the Derby final, the biggest night of the year at Shelbourne Park is the Night of Stars and the seventh running of the end-of-season spectacular promises to be one of the greatest stagings of the gala.
Grand National winner Tiger Roll ran a promising race in fourth on his return to action in yesterday's Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, which was won once again by Josies Orders.
The sight of Jack Canning lining out for Galway's hurlers alongside his uncle Joe will have to be put on the back-burner for the immediate future as the young Portumna ace intends to pursue a rugby career in Australia.
When there is no hope left, the safest option is to cling desperately to the past in order to change the future.
Before I put the boot into the All Blacks, figuratively on this occasion, in the interest of balance I need to first dig up some old, unpleasant incidents that certainly don't rank alongside my finest on a rugby field.
Ten months out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup, it's the question increasingly on the lips of rugby followers around the globe.
The headquarters of the Irish Rugby Football Union are not much to look at. A nondescript three-storey building on Lansdowne Road, a few hundred metres from the Aviva Stadium where Ireland take on New Zealand tonight, it does not strike you as the nerve-centre for one of sport's superpowers.
Denmark overcame Wales in a passionate encounter in Cardiff to clinch promotion to the top tier of the Nations League and in the process condemned Ireland to bottom place in the group, which means a third seeding for the Euro 2020 draw.
Before the Ireland players collected their medals and the Six Nations trophy on the pitch at Twickenham last March, they gathered in a huddle around Bundee Aki.
A year which was supposed to be about restoring pride has ended up battering confidence. After Denmark, a steady downward slide has gathered pace.
Not only do we have the top two teams in world rugby coming head to head but central to this evening's proceedings is the face-off between the game's top two coaches.
Arsenal want to be part of any discussions on a future European Super League – but deny they would break away from the Premier League if a new competition comes to fruition.
Claudio Ranieri is confident of securing Premier League survival with Fulham by turning his players into fighters – and rewarding them with burgers, not pizza.
Germany's relegation from the elite tier of countries in the Nations League was confirmed as France were beaten for the first time since winning the World Cup.
Mike Tyson always kept a pretty jaundiced view of the back-page community, once even declaring: “I don’t like sports, they’re social events.”
Wales missed out on promotion to the top tier of the Nations League as Denmark won a passionate Cardiff contest 2-1.
Arsene Wenger has admitted he has struggled to come to terms with the extra time he had in his life after his departure as Arsenal manager last May.
Not only do we have the top two teams in world rugby coming head to head but central to Saturday evening's proceedings in Dublin is the face-off between the game’s top two coaches.
Roger Federer has insisted he is not dreaming of claiming his 100th career title on Sunday, after admitting Novak Djokovic may block his path to victory at the ATP World Tour finals.
As the team bus rolled ominously through the streets of Belfast, the Irish players joked morbidly about which of them was going to get murdered first.
Number two will face number one in the world when Ireland host New Zealand in Dublin.
Claudio Ranieri was unveiled as Fulham manager on Friday. Here Press Association Sport looks at some of the things the charismatic Italian said.
Defender Jimmy Dunne has been drafted back into the Republic of Ireland squad for Monday night's Nations League trip to Denmark after injuries reduced manager Martin O'Neill's options.
They say you should never meet your heroes. Tomorrow at the Aviva Stadium, James Ryan won't just get to meet Brodie Retallick; his challenge is to match and, perhaps, better the world's best second-row.
Claudio Ranieri wants his Fulham players to show fighting spirit and plans to reward clean sheets with burgers, not pizza.
Ulster Rugby have introduced behavioural classes for its academy and professional players.
Dan Leavy has been forced to withdraw from Ireland's autumn clash with New Zealand due to "general tightness".
Leinster flanker Josh van der Flier will start for Ireland against New Zealand tomorrow after Dan Leavy was ruled out with injury.
Rory McIlroy continued his love affair with the DP World Tour Championship as he moved into contention for a third victory in the season-ending event in Dubai.
Referee Daniel Sweeney underwent five gruelling hours of surgery in which 'four to five' plates were inserted into his jaw following a savage attack following a senior football match last weekend.
Chelsea have declined to comment on an allegation of illegal payments made to Andreas Christensen’s father.
Darren Randolph enjoyed being the backstop as his heroics helped the Republic of Ireland avoid defeat against Northern Ireland.
CJ FULTON shot straight to the top of the class in last year's U-16 Schools Cup final, scoring a remarkable 47 points for St Malachy's.
Luke Fitzgerald thinks that Ireland are in for a tough day at the office against the All Blacks, with the former international predicting a double digit win for the world champions.
When Alex McCarthy’s parents look back on the photos of their holiday of a lifetime to Peru, the memories might just be bittersweet.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill admitted his side let down their supporters with a poor performance in Thursday's goalless draw against Northern Ireland.
Brian Kerr has hit out at Ireland's performance under Martin O'Neill over the last two years, calling the team's record 'abysmal'.
Aaron Ramsey could be leaving the Premier League behind for a move to Bayern Munich, the Independent says. The German club are said to be confident of landing the Arsenal midfielder, who is set be available on a free transfer in the summer. At home, Liverpool and Chelsea have also been tipped to be part of the race for the 27-year-old.
Meath manager Andy McEntee has questioned the merit of experimenting with playing rules during the forthcoming football league.
Kemboy sealed victory in yesterday's Clonmel Oil Chase with a brilliant jump at the final fence to defeat last year's winner Alpha Des Obeaux.
Michael Obafemi could become anything or nothing as a footballer, yet the possibilities around him all but overtook an evening compressing all the awkward energies that still cast shadow on this complex island.
The eye-watering cost of Manchester United's move for Alexis Sanchez was underlined yesterday as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward claimed Jose Mourinho and the players were "fully united" in their bid to arrest the club's dismal start to the season.
Kasper Schmeichel will come up against "an idol" in Ryan Giggs when Wales meet Denmark in their potential Nations League decider in Cardiff tonight.
Martin O’Neill admitted that his Ireland team let supporters down in a drab scoreless draw with Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas claimed his side should have emerged from last night's goalless draw with a win after Darren Randolph saved the Republic of Ireland with a series of fine saves.
Inter-county players have rejected the proposed restriction on the number of consecutive handpasses to three as proposed by the GAA's Standing Committee on Playing Rules (SCPR).
Hope is circulating that UCD will have a new astroturf pitch in place for the next phase of the Irish women’s Olympic qualifying process next June.
The time has come for major rule changes within camogie as "it's hard to play and hard to watch" under its current guise, according to Kilkenny star Meighan Farrell.
Mount Juliet's Gavin Moynihan made a knee-knocking five-footer at the last to regain his European Tour card as Cormac Sharvin missed out by a shot at the marathon Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School in Spain.
Brian Cody has called for "a meeting of minds" to fix the drastic imbalance between inter-county and club fixtures which he feels is "not sustainable and not fair".
Rob Kearney has been around the block enough times to know the importance of blocking out the external 'noise', but sometimes, even for a vastly-experienced international, that is easier said than done.
Joe Schmidt is hopeful Dan Leavy can take a full part in this morning's Captain's Run after naming the flanker in the team to face New Zealand despite him sitting out training at Carton House yesterday.
They hail from different islands in the same country and while they have in common a ruthless winning streak and a lifetime in coaching, Joe Schmidt and Steve Hansen come across as very different characters.
Two years ago, Aoife McDermott was a first-choice Irish international. That status hasn't changed, but she is now playing a very different sport.
The conversation surrounding Wexford's hurlers under Davy Fitzgerald has been one of progression but there comes a time for Conor McDonald when it's all about silverware.
Wayne Rooney got a heartfelt send-off and a first-hand glimpse of Eng;and's future as debutant Callum Wilson completed a comfortable 3-0 win for Gareth Southgate's experimental side against the United States.
Rory McIlroy makes no apology for potentially turning his back on the European Tour next season and insisted in Dubai yesterday: "I'm looking out for me!"
Laois football manager John Sugrue has delivered a withering criticism of the GAA's enforcement of rule 6.22 (b) that bans inter-county teams from holding training camps at certain times of the year.
Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman admitted his side’s performance against Northern Ireland in a 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium was ‘not good enough’, after another desperately disappointing night for Martin O’Neill’s men.
England great Wayne Rooney got a heartfelt send-off and first-hand glimpse of the future as debutant Callum Wilson completed a comfortable win for Gareth Southgate's experimental side against the United States.
Here are five talking points after Northern Ireland held the Republic of Ireland to a 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium tonight.
JAMES McClean could have worn an entire bouquet of poppies in his lapel and it would not have concealed the toxic stench rising up into the November night.
Here is how the Ireland players rated after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
The Republic of Ireland host Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium tonight as Martin O'Neill's men look to bounce book from a disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign thus far. Follow all the action in our live blog.
On Saturday afternoon, the biggest game of rugby among the end-of-year internationals lies buried underneath a weighty pile.
Irish Independent sports writer Vincent Hogan scooped two prizes at this year's Newsbrands Journalism Awards at the Mansion House.
AS Roma and club president Jim Pallotta will donate €150,000 to assist with Irish Liverpool fan Sean Cox's recovery from a serious assault suffered last April.
All-Ireland football champion Philly McMahon is urging young people to learn from the school of hard knocks.
Francesco Molinari has strengthened his grip on the Race to Dubai title despite a late stumble on the opening day of the DP World Tour Championship.
Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees from next season.
Joe Schmidt has launched a strong defence of Bundee Aki's right and readiness to wear Ireland's colours against his native New Zealand on Saturday.
An unrepentant Rory McIlroy insists he is unconcerned by criticism of his plan to play just two European Tour events next season.
If the planets were aligned kindly then Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray would be available behind the scrum, and up front Sean O’Brien would be competing with Dan Leavy and Josh van der Flier for a place in the back row.
Joe Schmidt has launched a strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right and readiness to wear Ireland’s colours against his native New Zealand on Saturday.
Ed Woodward insisted Jose Mourinho and his squad remain “fully united” despite a “mixed” start to the season.
18-year-old striker Michael Obafemi is '100 per cent committed' to playing for Ireland, according to a statement released by his representatives.
Lock Devin Toner has been drafted in to start Saturday’s clash with New Zealand as Ireland look to shore up their lineout in Dublin.