Luke Fitzgerald could return for Leinster’s trip to play Connacht. Photograph: Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald is fully training and expected to feature as Leinster seek to remove Connacht from top of the Pro 12 at the Sportsground this Saturday(...)

Ireland’s Simon Zebo and CJ Stander after victory over Scotland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Next up is a leisurely June Test series in South Africa. Joe Schmidt’s Ireland have not had it easy – the World Cup dream gone with O’Connell in retir(...)

Ireland’s Kim Flood breaks through the Scotland defence during Ireland’s Six Nations win. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland 45 Scotland 12 Hard sell this. To start at the finish, Ireland place third in Six Nations table, the usual return from any season that includ(...)

Niamh Briggs: Ireland’s captain reverts from centre to fullback for for the clash against Scotland. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Women's Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland, Donnybrook, Sunday, 1pm Not a memorable campaign as the dethroned champions can only, realistically, finis(...)

Belvedere celebrate their Leinster Schools Cup victory at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

Belvedere College 31 Cistercian College, Roscrea 7 It takes a special team to lose two finals yet return to beat Terenure, Blackrock, St Michael’s an(...)

Ireland’s Fergus McFadden and Josh van der Flier are both key players in Joe Schmidt’s eyes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

1. One is either a Joe Schmidt player or one is not. And it helps to be one. Fergus McFadden is one and so, apparently, is Josh van der Flier (13 tac(...)

Conor Murray and Ian Madigan share a joke at the final whistle after Ireland’s victory over Italy in Saturday’s Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Nine tries in this 58-15 victory scatters the wolves far from Joe Schmidt’s door. But, we can be sure, the Ireland coach knows exactly what is being s(...)

Sophie Spence starts at number eight for Ireland against Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Women's Six Nations: Ireland v Italy, Donnybrook, 1pm The Ireland team has been largely set in stone for several seasons. Until now. Considering (...)

  Belvedere’s James McKeown on his way to scoring the first try against St Michael’s College in the semi-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Belvedere College v Cistercian College, Roscrea RDS, Sunday, 4pm Surely this is Belvedere’s year. Considering everything we have witnessed up to thi(...)

Connacht prop Finlay Bealham (left) has been added to the Ireland bench for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Italy   after Cian Healy was ruled out through injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cian Healy’s “mild hamstring strain” is the same muscle that the injury-prone 28-year-old tore off the bone just over a year ago. It means uncapped Au(...)