Nathan White: back in the Connacht line-up for the visit to Scarlets. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Sunday’s match in west Wales has huge ramifications for this season’s Guinness Pro12. The Scarlets, who trail their visitors by five points, know t(...)

Ian Keatley and Keith Earls have been named in Munster’s team for tomorrow night’s game against Cardiff Blues. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Munster v Cardiff Blues, Musgrave Park (7.35, live on TG4)Munster will be hoping to celebrate their return to the newly refurbished Cork venue with a (...)

Ireland’s Oisín Heffernan: “It’s about confronting them up front, at scrum and lineout, and not giving them the space to play; getting up in their faces.”Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Oisín Heffernan is well versed with the playing idiosyncrasies posed by France having faced them in the Six Nations and World Championship at this ag(...)

Garry Ringrose prepares for the French challenge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There is no hiding place. Shortlisted as a teenager for the 2014 Under-20 World Player of the Year, Garry Ringrose returns for a second season; the o(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe was frustrated against Italy on Saturday last. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho 3:25

Tommy Bowe understands the virtue of patience after last Saturday’s Six Nations Championship match against Italy. He covered substantial swathes of th(...)

Marty Moore (L) is in line to make his seventh Ireland appearance from the bench against France on Saturday. (Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire)

Marty Moore might consider getting into the ‘family business’ and starting his own almanack - the ‘k’ on the end signifies the English version, first (...)

Outhalf  Ian Keatley solid after a nervy start in Rome.  Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images 2:48

Ireland’s victory in Rome will help to assuage the disappointment of an imprecise performance that was long on perspiration but short on inspiration(...)

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose is one of the talented backs in the Ireland under-20 team to play Italy. Photograph: Inpho.

Under-20 Six Nations Championship Italy Under-20s v Ireland Under-20s Stadio Pozzi Lamamora (Friday, 6.0, Irish time) A five-inch blanke(...)

  Jérôme Garcès, who sent off Jared Payne in last year’s Heineken Cup, will referee Ireland’s match with Scotland. Photograph: Darren Kidd/INPHO/Presseye

“Not rolling away”, “off his feet”, “in from the side”, “crooked-in”, “forward”, “not releasing”, “dropping his bind” and “boring in”, represent a tin(...)

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I understand that the French rugby coach, Philippe Saint Andre and Italian -born, current Greek soccer coach Claudio Ranieri have something in comm(...)