Rhys Ruddock could miss the World Cup after suffering an arm injury at the Tbilisi Cup.

Emerging Ireland 33 Uruguay 7 Rhys Ruddock’s hopes of taking part in the World Cup rest upon the results of an x-ray after damaging his right arm just(...)

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(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: team selection features Leinster youngsters in centre Colm O’Shea and replacement winger Cian Kelleher. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Ireland v Barbarians, Thomond Park, 7.45pm: At face value this looks like a bit of an end-of-season jaunt. Then again, with Joe Schmidt involved and t(...)

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 (...)

Ian Madigan: “I probably hope that’s in the 12 position and, if Johnny is unfit or unavailable for whatever reason, then I’d be ready to step in to the outhalf position.” Photograph: Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. So for Ian Madigan that represents the night of Thursday, May 28th when Ireland take on the Barbar(...)

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 (...)

Colm O’Shea starts beside Noel Reid at centre in Matt O’Connor’s side’s final Pro12 match. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pick a low point. The two Munster defeats or the Dragons maybe. But no. It has to be last Friday at the RDS. Grim doesn’t cover it.Even those attendi(...)

 Clontarf’s Matt Darcy: won both the “Top Try Scorer” and Division 1A player of the year. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt presented awards in 11 categories across all four divisions of the Ulster Bank League at a reception in the Aviva stadium. (...)

Lansdowne celebrate their triumph in the rugby Ulster Bank League Division 1A final at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The result distorts the lingering image, the colour of victory against the monochrome of defeat. Players and coaches often speak about learning more (...)

Lansdowne celebrate their 18-17 win over Clontarf in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Clontarf 17 Lansdowne 18The topsy-turvy manner in which the Ulster Bank League Division 1A final panned out guaranteed a level of tension that was eve(...)