Munster duo Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander both start for Ireland against Wales on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are the latest senior players ruled out of the opening Six Nations match against a well-stocked Welsh side. The Lei(...)

A dejected Tomas O’Leary after the final whistle as Munster suffer a frustrating defeat at the hands of Leicester Tigers Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 19 Leicester Tigers 31 Confirmation of an unmistakable trend. Leicester, lacking the power of a Saracens pack or the razor slicing London Was(...)

Fermanagh’s Sean Quigley hit 14 points against Amtrim in the qualifier clash at Brewster Park, seven of which came from play. Photograph:   Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Fermanagh 1-21 Antrim 0-11 They won’t get it so easy no matter who they play next weekend, but Fermanagh made short work of Antrim in Enniskill(...)

Antrim’s Kevin McGourty is tackled by Conor Gillespie of London during the league clash in Toome. Photograph: Inpho.

Antrim 1-12 London 1-8 Antrim remain in the promotion hunt after this win over London at Toome. The ball was in the Antrim net after only 45 s(...)

Ian Keatley’s impressive form, despite Munster troubles in Europe, sees him glide past Ian Madigan in the outhalf pecking order. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland go to Rome without their two best players, Johnny Sexton and Jamie Heaslip, yet confidence is the overriding feeling ahead of the Six Nations (...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo is stopped in his tracks by John Barclay and Rory Pitman of the Scarlets. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 17 Scarlets 6Munster have climbed to third in the overnight standings as they ground down the Scarlets at Thomond Park.Andrew Smith’s first ha(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell arrives for training at Carlton House today.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will lead his country against Wales in the Six Nations Championship match at the Aviva stadium on Saturday.The Munster (...)

Ireland captain  Paul O’Connell has been ruled out of the game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will miss this afternoon’s Six Nations match against Scotland (3pm kick-off) through illness. Dan Tuohy will now start (...)

Antrim in control

Antrim’s footballers claimed their first win of 2014 with a six-point victory over University of Ulster, Jordanstown, in yesterday’s McKenna Cup Secti(...)

 Peter O’Mahony. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney has made five changes to the Munster team for tomorrow’s Heineken Cup game against Gloucester in Thomond Park (6.0).Johne Mur(...)