The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Camps were launched by Leinster players  Jamie Heaslip, Jack McGrath and Hayden Triggs at a pop up training session in St Mary’s National School, Ranelagh. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Andy Farrell’s tenure as Ireland defence coach began on Monday morning in Enfield during a 24-hour get together for the squad and management when he c(...)

Craig Joubert sprints from the pitch at the end of Scotland’s narrow Rugby World Cup loss to Australia. Photograph: Getty

Referee Craig Joubert has admitted with hindsight he would have reconsidered his decision to award Australia a contentious penalty which saw them edge(...)

Conor Murray and Andrew Conway during Munster squad training at UL, Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster v Munster Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 5.30 TG4, Sky Sports 3 A lot happened in Munster while Conor Murray and his Ireland colleagues were on(...)

Nathan White and Greig Laidlaw get involved as Donnacha Ryan and Conor Murray congratulate Ireland try scorer Devin Toner. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

To England the Grand Slam spoils, to Ireland a second successive win at the Aviva Stadium, thus maintaining a three-year unbeaten home record in the S(...)

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg goes through the gap between Ireland prop Mikle Ross and hooker Rory Best on the way to scoring his try in the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Ireland’s report card from the Six Nations Championship could be summed up under the phrase ‘could do better’ on the basis of winning the previous two(...)

Joe Schmidt: hoping for positive  news about Jared Payne  after Tuesday training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt should be in a position this afternoon to make a decision on his playing resources ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations Champions(...)

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby with Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In that typically unfussy and unstated way of his, both as player and coach, Simon Easterby has again become a hugely important figure within the Irel(...)

 Head coaches Jacques Brunel (Italy), Warren Gatland (Wales), Joe Schmidt (Ireland), Eddie Jones (England), Guy Noves (France) and Vern Cotter (Scotland) at the Six Nations launch. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s reasoned argument about the virtues of players committing to the provinces rather than being enticed to foreign shores carried an added (...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo is attracting the interest of clubs like Toulouse while tighthead prop Marty Moore is leaving Leinster for Wasps in the English Premiership. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“I mean, let’s look at the margins that they’re losing these games by. No one’s being blown off the park.” – David Nucifora, the IRFU Performance Dire(...)

Munster line up opposite the  All Blacks  in Thomond Park in 2008. Photograph: Tim Hales/Photosport/Inpho

Someone cringed this week at the thought of Munster being a brand. More cringed at the loss of the very brand that made them great. Those ‘others’ ar(...)