Rhys Ruddock suffered injury against Harlequins in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s truncated season has been ended by a recurrence of the arm problem which has sidelined him for all but two games since mid-December.(...)

Chris Henry has been named among the Ulster replacements. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Chris Henry has been cleared by his surgeon for full participation in Friday night’s Pro12 encounter with Cardiff Blues as head coach Neil Doak has na(...)

“He’s smart, he’s got a good way about him, but he doesn’t accept people letting their team-mates down,” says Jono Gibbes, who was forwards’ coach for Joe Schmidt for three years at Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In last year’s 13-10 defeat to England in Twickenham, Ireland started the match with Peter O’Mahony, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip, Conor Murray, Johnny (...)

Johnny Sexton was named man of the match in Ireland’s 18-11 Six nations win over France at the Aviva Stadium.  (Photograph: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Ireland player ratingsRob Kearney 7Made nine carries for 53 metres. A jarring, wrap tackle on Scott Spedding earned an important 24th minute penalty a(...)

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

Tommy O’Donnell gets over the line to score Ireland’s second try against Italy at Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

The fall from grace, when it happens, can be sudden and unforgiving. Especially in this Ireland squad, under the stern gaze of this head coach Tommy (...)

Ireland's Jordi Murphy in the 2014 Six Nations match against England at Twickenham. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Rugby’s “unseen work” is a term that can be bandied about during rugby commentary. It’s usually spoken of with regard to forwards, particularly the(...)

Conor Murray: “I’ve done my contact, I’ve done my bag work, I’ve tackled a few of the lads and I feel good, 2:35

The Irish management have not yet assessed number eight Jamie Heaslip for Ireland’s opening match of the Six Nations Championship against Italy. Train(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action: the scrumhalf has  been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Murray and Dave Kearney, two constants in last season’s victorious Six Nations side, have been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Sat(...)

Jack Conan has been rewarded for a series of standout  displays for Leinster with a place in an extended 46-man Ireland and Wolfhounds squad. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Conan’s standout season with Leinster has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s extended 46-man Ireland squad for the opening Six Nations g(...)