RUGBY - TODAY'S NEWS

Next job: Putting a lid on soaring expectations

NOW that’s what I call a test match. Such was the intensity, endeavour and commitment to keeping the ball alive that the opening half of Saturday’s memorable clash passed in a flash. There were so many moments of brilliance in that period alone, those in the stands barely had time to draw breath.

GOLF - TODAY'S NEWS

Lowry puts Augusta into view

After weeks when he could virtually smell the scent of those Augusta azaleas, Shane Lowry has at last joined the elite top-50 club on the back of a final round 66 to secure fifth place in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

OTHER SPORT - TODAY'S NEWS

Three-year sponsorship for Irish Forest Rally Championship

Motorsport: Organisers of the Irish Forest Rally Championship received a major boost at their awards ceremony in Clonmel on Saturday night with the announcement that Valvoline will underpin the series for the next three seasons.