Irish outhalf Jonathan Sexton in action for Racing Metro 92. It is also believed Toulon and Racing Metro 92 were offering in the region of €900,000 to keep Sexton in France. Photograph: Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton’s commercial agreement with Denis O’Brien, which played a significant role in bringing the Ireland outhalf back to Leinster next seas(...)

Graduating from the academy: Furlong proved his mettle in the 2012 World Cup in South Africa where he played in all 10 games. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Such is the nature of things that, as a prop and particularly as a tighthead, Tadhg Furlong has had to bide his time compared to Irish under-20 bac(...)

Seán O’Brien: will captain Leinster against Ulster at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster have sold close to 3,000 tickets and expect closer to 4,000 fans to attend the 6,000 capacity Tallaght Stadium this afternoon (kick-off 4p(...)

 Leinster’s Sean O’Brien will lead the team against Ulster at Tallaght stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sean O’Brien will captain Leinster against Ulster in a pre-season friendly at Tallaght stadium tomorrow (4.0).The Lions and Ireland backrow forward st(...)

Ireland’s Alison Miller runs in for a try against New Zealand in the Women’s World Cup Pool B encounter in Marcoussis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The women were doing it in Paris for themselves, more than anyone could have imagined. Prior to the World Cup centre Lynne Cantwell said she was no dr(...)

Of all the the emerging young players on the tour of Argentina, the one  who made the biggest impression on Joe Schmidt was flanker  Rhys Ruddock. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a small, relatively throwaway remark but it was worth noting nonetheless. “This was my first tour,” Joe Schmidt reminded us, and you forget, fo(...)

Darren Cave makes a break against Argentina. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Argentina 17 Ireland 29 Ireland duly achieved their anticipated first test win in Argentina, if not quite in the manner Joe Schmidt and the Iri(...)

Ireland new cap Robbie Diack. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By Gerry ThornleyAs expected, the South African-born Robbie Diack, who qualifies by residency, will make his debut for Ireland against Argentina on Sa(...)

Leinster players celebrate winning the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire 1:50

Leinster 34 Glasgow 12People leave but Leinster stay the same. Jimmy Gopperth and Zane Kirchner, signed with the unenviable tasks of replacing club ic(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the announcement of the squad to tour Argentina next month. Photograph: Inpho

As ever with Joe Schmidt, there were perfectly rational arguments for all his selections yesterday and one can be absolutely sure the merits of every (...)