If Henderson receives a  ban in excess of two or three playing weeks it would carry into next season and the World Cp warm-up matches. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Iain Henderson faces an anxious wait to discover the consequences of his contentious, 74th-minute red card in Saturday’s 23-23 draw at the Kingspan(...)

Paul O’Connell captained Ireland to  Six Nations Championshps success. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will compete with Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw and Jonathan Sexton for the accolade of the the Hibernia College IRUPA (...)

Ulster’s Ireland contingent of Iain Henderson, Jared Payne, Rory Best and Tommy Bowe do a selfie after the Six Nations Championship win against Scotland at Murrayfield last month. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Ulster travel to the Sportsground this Saturday knowing that for their hosts, Connacht, focusing on rugby will be a relief given the events of the las(...)

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

Sean O’Brien was forced to withdraw from the Ireland team ahead of the 26-3 victory over Italy in Rome after damaging his hamstring during the warm-up and is now a doubt for Saturday’s fixture against France at the Aviva Stadium. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Seán O’Brien’s involvement against France next Saturday remains in doubt after damaging his hamstring while warming up ahead of Ireland’s 26-3 trimmin(...)

Seán O’Brien emerges at Stadio Olimpico in Rome for the captain’s run. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Deeply rooted in human nature is a reaction that empowers the ‘underdog’ to rise up and strike down their so-called betters.The stories of ancient civ(...)

Ireland's Jordi Murphy in the 2014 Six Nations match against England at Twickenham. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Rugby’s “unseen work” is a term that can be bandied about during rugby commentary. It’s usually spoken of with regard to forwards, particularly the(...)

 Ulster forward Iain Henderson is hoping to play for the Wolfhounds against the England Saxons and force himself into the Ireland Six Nations squad. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Iain Henderson’s all-encompassing performance for 58 minutes of Ulster’s victory over the Leicester Tigers in their Champions Cup pool encounter last (...)

Martin Moore has ousted Mike Ross at provincial level but Joe Schmidt has kept the 35-year-old in the international set-up. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Mike Ross’s exclusion from the Leinster squad that beat Castres last weekend has, clearly, not impacted on his involvement with Ireland. But history (...)

Jack Conan has been rewarded for a series of standout  displays for Leinster with a place in an extended 46-man Ireland and Wolfhounds squad. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Conan’s standout season with Leinster has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s extended 46-man Ireland squad for the opening Six Nations g(...)