Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne, Luke Fitzgerald, Rob Kearney and Jonathon Sexton at an Ireland squad training session at Carton House, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland 15 Rob Kearney Age: 28 Height: 1.85m (6’1”) Weight: 95kg (15st) Caps: 61 Tries: 10 (1 conversion) After a few early errors, he was one of the(...)

The general idea is that a national league will promote standards and that Ireland will benefit from that and put itself in a better position to qualify for world events such as the Olympic Games

Next Wednesday a meeting takes place in Ulster that could again threaten to split the sport. Following an Irish Hockey Association (IHA) EGM last yea(...)

Scotland’s head coach Vern Cotter has made two changes to his team to face Ireland. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA

While Joe Schmidt’s backline has received some criticism for lacking pizzazz, Scotland have looked pretty confident in that area and for Ireland’s vis(...)

Scotland’s Ross Ford goes on the attack against Italy at Murrayfield during the Six Nations game last month. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

He’s the most capped Scottish hooker of all time with 84 caps. But elevated positions can sometimes be useful vantage points. Ross Ford has had a uni(...)

Rob Kearney in reflective humour at training camp ahead of the  Scotland game. Photograph: Inpho

There’s a reticence in the Irish camp about looking at the second fence when they are sizing up a jump at the first. Suggesting that viewing Scotland (...)

Italy captain Sergio Parisse is a doubt for their concluding Six Nations game against Wales. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters.

As Ireland announced a clean bill of health for their game against Scotland yesterday, Wales and particularly Italy, who play each other in the early(...)

Rob Kearney says Ireland believe they can win the Six Nations championship next Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

It’s not often after a Six Nations match as physical as last weekend’s in Cardiff that Ireland have no injury concerns. With Jamie Heaslip rushed back(...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell hands off Luke Charteris as he makes a line break in the first half agaisnt  Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 4:42

An Irish winning streak broken, a Grand Slam halted, the Championship wide open and Paul O’Connell’s 100th cap soured by just a third Welsh win over I(...)

Ireland will be part of a ten-team tournament in Argentina with potentially six places available for Rio 2016 on the line.

The men’s national squad can look towards a short rest before the final qualification tournament in Argentina presents an opportunity to compete in th(...)

Rory Best during Ireland’s Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium two years ago, the last time they played Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho. 5:42

Stuart Lancaster resorted to playing the Welsh song Hymns and Arias at full volume on loudspeakers at the squad’s indoor training facility at Pennyhil(...)