Ian Keatley has been left out of Ireland’s 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Notable absentees from Schmidt’s squad include Ian Kea(...)

Joe Schmidt says the experience of Less Kiss will be invaluable when selecting Ireland’s squad for this year’s World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

In the aftermath of the disappointing Irish performance and defeat to the Barbarians in Thomond Park on Thursday night, Joe Schmidt gave little pointe(...)

Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

Ulster’s Chris Henry scoring a try against Glasgow last week: “This is my third time playing against a Baa Baas team and it’s always a tough but really enjoyable game against them.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Shane Jennings won’t be the only flanker in action at Thomond Park this evening to have decidedly mixed feelings about this game. Part of Chris Henry (...)

Irish Rugby Captain’s Run at Thomond Park: Colm O’Shea and Luke McGrath. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has distanced himself from last week’s upheaval at Leinster which saw Matt O’Connor removed as head coach two years into his three year co(...)

Cian Kelleher of Lansdowne (right). He and Clontarf’s Collie O’Shae are named on the squad to take on Barbarians on Thursday. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

The overlap in the rugby lives of Cian Kelleher and Collie O’Shea represent a curious collision of circumstances over the past several weeks. The two (...)

Glasgow outhalf Finn Russell converts DTH van der Merwe’s late try to put his side in the lead in their Guinness Pro 12 game against Ulster at Scotstown. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors 16 Ulster 14 Glasgow Warriors booked their place in the final of the Guinness Pro12 after defeating favourites Ulster in a thrilling (...)

Ulster have made 11 changes for the Pro12 semi-final. Photo: Russell Pritchard/Inpho

Ulster have welcomed back 11 players who did not feature in last weekend’s defeat against Glasgow, for their Pro12 semi-final against the same opposit(...)

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Sean Lamont of Glasgow Warriors challenges for the ball in the air with the Ulster duo of Rory Scholes and Louis Ludik during the Guinness Pro 12 game at Scotstoun. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Glasgow 32 Ulster 10 Roared on by a sell-out Scotstoun crowd, Glasgow scored a comeback bonus-point 32-10 win after they had trailed 10-6 to Ul(...)