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(...)

Clontarf’s Matthew D’Arcy makes a break against Cork Constitution. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Ulster Bank League Division 1A final pits the defending champions Clontarf against their predecessors as title holders Lansdowne in what promises(...)

Lansdowne players celebrate scoring a try in the last seconds of extra-time in their Ulster Bank League Division 1A semi-final against Young Munster at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1A semi-finals: Table toppers Lansdowne and defending champions Clontarf were the winners of two closely-fought encounters(...)

Cathal Marsh: missed two penalties inside the opening 10 minutes before finally slotting over his third kick of the night on 25 minutes. Photograph: Inpho

Worcester 15 Leinster A 13 Leinster’s two-year reign as B&I Cup champions is over after they were edged out by Championship leaders Worce(...)

Clontarf’s Matt Darcy runs in a try at the Belfield Bowl. The player could play an important role for the Ireland Club international team in the coming weeks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Clontarf 38 UCD 17 Matt D’Arcy heated up a bitterly cold Belfield Bowl with a terrific hat-trick of tries as Clontarf claimed a 38-17 bonus point win(...)