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(...)

Ireland captain Rory Best at squad training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien has emerged as a significant doubt for Ireland’s opening defence of their RBS Six Nations title against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The(...)

Ireland and Leinster prop Cian Healy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cian Healy is considering an offer to join Worcester Warriors, and the three-year deal being offered to the Irish loosehead, who is out of contract a(...)

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Jamie Heaslip gets to grips with Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Super Saturday was indeed beyond superlative, but it does look a rather long time ago now. In glorious mid-March conditions the day rained points (2(...)

Joe Schmidt is bidding to take this Irish team to an unprecedented third successive Six Nations title.

Coach: Joe Schmidt Since taking over in 2013, New Zealander Schmidt has made himself into somewhat of a Six Nations specialist, leading Ireland to (...)

James Tracy and Dominic Ryan take part in Leinster Rugby Squad Training, Rosemount, UCD 25th January. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Amidst a Monday morning of further exodus, an interminably long injury list and a concussive non-concussion, the stain from Leinster’s record defeat i(...)

Leinster have confirmed Johnny Sexton did not fails a Head Injury Assessment during the province’s Champions Cup defeat to Wasps. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton did not fail the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) he underwent on Saturday at the Rioch Arena, Leinster clarified this afternoon. Sexton w(...)

Leo Cullen: “We will prepare for the game as best we can, to put in a good performance, exactly the same mindset as we had last week.”  Photograph: Leo Cullen/Inpho

Leo Cullen has no wish to discard the momentum that Leinster have generated in winning their last four matches in all competitions as he contemplates(...)

 Rory Best  runs at Simone Favaro of Italy during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. “To now captain Ireland going into the Six Nations is a massive thing for me and my family.” Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Spare a thought for Rory Best. There is probably no harder task than to succeed Paul O’Connell as captain, who had effectively succeeded Brian O’Drisc(...)

Ulster’s Luke Marshall and Ultan Dillane of Connacht are both named in Ireland’s Six Nations squad.

WINNERS Ultane Dillane The 22-year-old is the biggest bolter, his impressive form this season earning him a call-up. Parisian-born (his father is fr(...)