“It’s the pinnacle of the sport”: Danny Mullins on attempting to ride that elusive Cheltenham winner

When I called Danny Mullins on the Wednesday evening before the Beast from East roared through the country, I felt bad. Momentarily I’d taken the Kilkenny-born jockey away from his new love, the mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. His latest injury - a wrist operation - allowed him the time to catch

Cricket’s Great Regression

Teams from all over the world have touched down in Zimbabwe for the month-long ICC World Cup qualifiers.  You can imagine the only concern in ICC headquarters for the next month is the very real possibility the rebranded Windies will fail to make it to the champions trophy.. I mean World Cup, in England 2019.  They’re in group A alongside

Mike Pence in Pyeongchang rubbishes the notion that sport and politics do not mix

“Sport and politics do not mix” – if somebody came up with that phrase today it would possibly lay claim to the fakest of fake news award. Mike Pence leads the USA winter Olympic team into the Pyeongchang games, with a very overt political agenda, not a shock considering the administration

Project players and Bundee Aki

Rob Herring, CJ Stander, Bundee Aki, Nathan Hughes, WP Nel and Cornell du Preez. These are all players with no familial connection to the country they will represent this weekend. Taking out the smallest six nation country, Italy, these players represent the total amount of "project players" representing the five largest

5 players to watch in the Anglo Welsh Cup

The Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend and it is a competition that has managed to reinvent itself in the last couple of years. Few could tell you who won it last year, without the help of Google, but that misses what is good about the competition: the opportunity to see

Champions Cup Preview

The European Champions Cup kicks off this weekend. Daniel Ruddock looks at what we should expect from 2017/18 edition. Whatever it is about European rugby, it is relatively closed shop. The last seven competitions have only produced three separate winners. Leinster twice, Toulon three times and Saracens have dominated the tournament

Ireland Present Bid to Host Rugby World Cup 2023

Today, representatives from the Ireland Rugby World Cup 2023 bid will make their presentation to World Rugby in London. The main theme running through the Irish Rugby World Cup bid is certainty. Everything is in place and everything is guaranteed. Leo Varadker, the Irish Prime Minister, is attending the Irish bid