Noel McNamara was keeping the feet of his Ireland Under-20s firmly on the ground after the defending champions got their Six Nations campaign off to a flying start with a bonus-point win over Scotland in Cork on Friday.
The Munster and Ireland legend has already established an enviable reputation through his stints as an assistant at Racing 92 and Crusaders but he is assuming the role of head coach for the first time at La Rochelle where he will work under director of rugby Jono Gibbes.
SEPTEMBER heralds the end of the summer and the beginning of the new school year. Even for those of us long gone from education, there is a fresh start feeling to this time of year. In many ways this is a much better time to make resolutions than the New Year, writes .
The international fund that is completing the €1 billion buyout of Viridian — which owns the Energia and NI Power firms across Ireland — is seeking out more opportunities to acquire energy assets here, in a move that may likely heighten competition in the Republic.
Bahrain-based Arcapita Bank has hired JP Morgan to lead a share listing for Irish energy firm, Viridian Group, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in a deal that one said could give the firm a value, including debt, of nearly £1bn (€1.25bn).