Ireland captain Paul O’Connell and Seán O’Brien react to a decision by referee Wayne Barnes during the Six Nations defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has outstanding issues with the officiating of Wayne Barnes. Schmidt still believes the English referee’s interpretation, and that (...)

Luke Fitzgerald starts for Ireland against Scotland - his first international start since 2011. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 3:12

Almost the greatest rugby player Ireland never really had, Luke Fitzgerald replaces Simon Zebo in the team to face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday(...)

Ireland captain and fullback Niamh Briggs clears her lines during the Women’s  Six Nations match against Wales  at St Helen’s  in Swansea. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

RTÉ have confirmed they will broadcast Sunday’s Ireland versus Scotland Women’s Six Nations match live from Broadwood stadium, just outside Glasgow ((...)

Dan Trayers scores Cistercian’s second try in the semi-final against Newbridge. Trayers in the main man in the lineout for Roscrea. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With a completely unforeseen pairing in Cistercian Roscrea and Belvedere, here we are on St Patrick’s Day as unquestionably deserving finalists bring(...)

Ireland wing Alison Miller: “It was always going to be a time when other players stepped up.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

RTÉ is “investigating” the possibility of televising the Ireland women’s Six Nations decider against Scotland at Broadwood stadium on Sunday (kick-(...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell is tackled by Luke Charteris of Wales during their Six Nations match at the Millennium StadiCardiff, Wales. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Simply put, the Welsh war room outmanoeuvred their Irish counterparts before this match even got under way. A great victory for Warren Gatland over Jo(...)

Peter O’Mahony wins a lineout during their SixNations Championship match at the  Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Photograph: Inpho

“Aw, like, lads, Wales are a good side,” goes Peter O’Mahony, who was quick to show frustration with a hardly demanding line of questioning.Wales out-(...)

Robin McBryde: “You’ve got to be confident going in against Ireland”

Robin McBryde (Wales 1994-2005, current forwards coach) Who wins the tactical battle? “I don’t think there’s a secret to beating the Irish. Y(...)

Jackie Shiels return to midfield alongside Jenny Murphy which should improve the distribution out wide against Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Forget about winning a still-possible second Six Nations title in three seasons for a moment. This should be viewed as leg two of the Triple Crown. T(...)

Ben Te’o is continuing his rugby union education with the Leinster A side. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Worcester Warriors v Leinster A Sixways Stadium, Friday, 7.45 Luke McGrath captains Leinster as they seek to return to the British and Irish Cu(...)