Nick McCarthy, Gary Ringrose, Ireland U-20shead coach Nigel Carolan and Billy Dardis. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Maybe it is an omen, good or bad, but after enduring scorching heat for their opening round wins, the Irish U-20 squad wrapped up their preparations(...)

Gardaí released two of the men arrested for the car burglaries without charge, while the other man went before court in Cloverhill. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí in the midlands have broken up a car theft gang, recovering up to eight stolen vehicles in the process. In a major operation which is continuin(...)

Former All Black and Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes, now  in the first year of a two-year contract as Clermont forwards coach. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes said there is no danger of Clermont Auvergne underestimating the task they face when they come to Thomond P(...)

Anthony Foley: reports his Munster squad is coming together nicely for the new season.

New Munster coach Anthony Foley said the job is consuming him 24-7 but he is loving every minute of being in charge of his native Munster.The former (...)

Galway’s Jonathan Glynn in action with Tipperary’s Michael Cahill at Pearse Stadium in Salthill. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

Galway 3-16 Tipperary 1-19 Galway recorded their first l(...)

Seán Dougall is the meat in the sandwich as the Munster man is tackled by Connacht’s Craig Clarke and Dan Parks in last night’s game at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

MUNSTER 22, CONNACHT 16Munster scorers: Try: Hanrahan; Con: Hanrahan; Pens: Hanrahan (5)Connacht scorers: Try: Heffernan; Con: Parks; Pens: Parks (3)T(...)

 Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea: “It (Heineken Cup)    energises people, it gives us a variety to who we play, it gives supporters excitement.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea hopes a solution is found which will see English clubs participate in the Heineken Cup. The former Irish international s(...)

Munster’s David Kilcoyne is tackled by James King of Ospreys. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney said that this was the sort of game which his side would have lost last year and he praised the manner in which they saw off (...)