Ulster’s Darren Cave believes being knocked out of Europe early on has helped his side domestically. Photograph: Inpho

It maybe a strange way of looking at it but Ulster might benefit from not having the same early-season success that Leinster had in Europe. Nei(...)

Grainne Murphy may be remembered from London 2012 as the athlete who swam below par in the 400m freestyle heats, almost a full 10 seconds slower than (...)

 Isa Nacewa in action for Leinster in the Challenge Cup semi-final against Biarritz in 2013. The utility back has not played professional rugby since retiring at the end of that season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Somebody once said that making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity. Isa Nacewa will soon find out after a two-year abse(...)

CJ Stander: “I just go out to do my best in the red jersey. It is all about the team but it is great to be selected for awards like this.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster fans will outnumber Munster supporters by a factor of 15 to one on Saturday week when the sides meet in their pivotal Pro12 match in Kingspan S(...)

Isa Nacewa is returning to Leinster for the 2015-16 season. Photo:  Colm O’Neill/Inpho

It has been confirmed that Isa Nacewa will rejoin Leinster for the start of pre-season training with a view of playing with the team in the 2015-16 ca(...)

Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal lays off a pass during Munster A’s game against Ulster Ravens at Nass RFC. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

A thunder clap. Sun. Rain. Hailstones. Welcome to the midlands Tyler Bleyendaal. Even the former New Zealand Under-20 World Cup winning captain(...)

Swim Ireland’s high performance director Peter Banks: I think the environment will be good for everybody. It will certainly help [Irish swimming] if he does what he is capable of doing.” Photograph: Inpho

A former member of the USA Swimming national team will arrive in Dublin next month with a view to competing for Ireland and qualifying for the 2016 Ol(...)

Luke Fitzgerald has played 663 minutes for Leinster in the Pro12 this season, 41.4% of the total 1,600. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When measured by the number of minutes played, at least half a dozen of Leinster’s frontline players have not been playing for their province during (...)

A previous all-French final between Toulouse and Perpignan at Lansdowne Road in 2003 attracted a crowd of less than 30,000. Photograph: Getty Images

Due to very real concerns that there will be vast swathes of empty seats at the 82,000-capacity Twickenham Stadium for this weekend’s European Cham(...)

Victor Connell in his home in Co Longford. After his accident 10 years ago, the local community rallied around Victor and gave their time and money in the building of his home. “I knew almost everybody who worked on it,” he says. Photograph: Alan Betson

The hooker is careering through his bungalow hitting doors open with the front plates of his chair. The doors flap in and then out behind him creat(...)