Ireland scrumhalf Charlie Rock scored a late try but it was too little too late for Ireland  at the Zaffanella Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Wales 22 Ireland 12 This is what Ireland feared might happen against New Zealand but few expected them to be 19-0 down after just 15 minutes of(...)

Ireland U-20’s Josh Murphy is tackled by James Blackwell and Ricky Riccitelli of New Zealand. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Ireland’s new captain, Josh Murphy, says the squad have put the disappointment of the New Zealand loss behind them and are now determined to claim fi(...)

Roy Moloney tries to shackle New Zealand’s Tevita Li during Ireland’s 25-3 loss. Photograph: Inpho

New Zealand 25 Ireland 3 They gave it everything they had and there was no shame in the loss but like countless Irish teams before them beating New Ze(...)

Nigel Carolan: “The World Cup is essentially five games in three weeks whereas during the Six Nations we had five games over two months. It’s very condensed, very intense.” Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Stripped bare of expectation Ireland begin their Under-20 World Championship campaign against Argentina next Tuesday afternoon in Parma fuelled not by(...)

Munster’s Donnacha Ryan: with the World Cup looming the secondrow could benefit from playing for Emerging Ireland at the Tbilisi Cup in June. Photograph: Inbpho

As the World Cup looms ever closer representative playing outlets become a cherished commodity for those looking to impress Ireland coach Joe S(...)

Scrumhalf Nick McCarthy was chosen by his teammates to lead the side this year

Tuesday, January 6th, a day of reckoning.It’s a little before 10am in the Lansdowne pavilion, a bright, crisp morning, but one where the mercury barel(...)

Fergal Walsh of Terenure is tackled by the UCD duo of Emmet McMahon and Ross Byrne during the Ulster Bank League Division 1A match at Lakelands Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1A round-up: Terenure College’s mid-season slump continued at Lakelands Park on Saturday as they were outgunned 33-24 by U(...)

St Michael’s captain Ross Molony in action against Newbridge College in the semi-final and below, Ross Byrne. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Let’s dispel a myth that has grown up around this rivalry for the old boys blowing back in for the final. St Michael’s College are not the also(...)

Blackrock centre Gary Ringrose makes his break to score a try in the first half at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The passing of the mantle will have to wait. Blackrock College remain the dominate rugby school in Leinster. Perhaps even the world. Jus(...)