Connacht captain John Muldoon and head coach Pat Lam at the launch of the Guinness Pro12. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John Muldoon’s face creases into a broad grin. The Connacht captain didn’t hesitate for a moment when asked how he would feel about losing three of t(...)

Anhtony Foley believes last year’s pro 12 final defeat will make Munster stronger this time out. Photograph: Inpho

The disappointment of losing last season’s Guinness Pro12 final will be a galvanising force for Munster ahead of the new campaign that begins in a for(...)

Sean O’Brien is brought down by the Scottish defence at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

15 Simon Zebo Not flawless, but ran some excellent lines, none more so than for his try that he finished superbly and also very good aerially. Rating:(...)

The New Zealand All Blacks perform the Haka to South Africa’s Springboks before their Rugby Championship match at the Emirates Airline Park Stadium in Johannesburg. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters 5:06

New Zealand top the world rankings on the pitch but some of their players demonstrated that they’re pretty slick when it comes to making music vide(...)

Prop Michael Bent: “Some times were tougher than others but I always stayed positive and kept pushing hard to get back.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Michael Bent bridged a gap that’s a few months shy of three years when he came on as a replacement in Ireland’s victory over Wales last Saturday in Ca(...)

Prop Dave Kilcoyne is in line to start Ireland’s second World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

The ongoing uncertainty surrounding a definitive return date for Cian Healy following neck surgery redirects the spotlight firmly onto Jack McGrath, w(...)

Andrew Trimble has been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Marty Moore and Luke Fitzgerald will be available to coach Joe Schmidt ahead of Ireland’s second World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva (...)

2015 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up Match, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales vs Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

BBC Wales earned the ubiquitous 15-minutes of fame, certainly in an Irish context, as the rugby or sporting diaspora tuned into the complexity of unsc(...)

The Ospreys’ Tyler Ardron will captain Canada at the World Cup. Photograph: Getty

Canada, whom Ireland face in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup have named a reduced training squad following a hugely disappointing Pacific Nat(...)

Irish golfer Paul Dunne is in action on Wednesday at the European Amateur championships. Photograph: EPA

Faithlegg’s Robin Dawson and Jack Hume of Naas head an impressive Irish challenge in the European Individual Amateur Championship at the Penati Golf C(...)