Clontarf’s Mick McGrath passes three UCD players en route to scoring a try under the posts in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A match at  Castle Avenue in  Dublin. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Clontarf 25 UCD 12 Clontarf look the team to beat in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A playoffs after a well-judged 25-12 victory at home to UCD on (...)

Clontarf winger Michael Brown scored a try in each half in the Ulster bank league Division 1A  win over Cork Constitution at Temple Hill. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1 A round-up : Winger Michael Brown bagged a try in each half as Clontarf ran out deserved 18-12 winners over Cork Constit(...)

UCD’s Barry Daly scores his team’s second try  of the game against Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Division 1A leaders UCD had the measure of local rivals Old Belvedere for the third time in recent weeks, as a three-try salvo steered the students to(...)

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(...)