Rob Kearney: “We’re in the process of putting together a sort of mentoring programme. You have to be very careful how you do it because it’s very important that we’re not creating a hierarchy in the organisation”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rob Kearney is accumulating a portfolio of responsibilities that includes a new role as chairman of Irupa and another as one of two trusted lieutenant(...)

Ireland’s Cian Kelleher had an outstanding game against New Zealand. Photograph:  David Rowland/Inpho/Photosport

New Zealand U-20 45 Ireland U-20 23: It was half a match too far for a battered and beleaguered Ireland team that once again demonstrated cameos of ri(...)

South Africa’s Victor Matfield: will win a record 112th cap against Wales in Nelspruit on Saturday. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty

Mike Ruddock has made a number changes to his Ireland Under-20s side for tomorrow’s third place play-off at the IRB Junior World Championship. Jack O’(...)

Ross Molony and Jack O’Donoghue will be key men for Ireland Under-20s against England in their Junior World Cup semi-final in North Harbour, New Zealand. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Ringrose clan, St Michael’s College and UCD can take the most satisfaction from this odyssey. That’s what any journey to the penultimate stages o(...)

 Ireland’s Garry Ringrose seen here in action against France produced another brilliant display in the Under-20 Junior World Championship pool match against Fiji today. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Ireland U-20 38 Fiji U-20 0: There is a Latin phrase ‘omne trium perfectum,’ which translates as everything that comes in threes is perfect or complet(...)

 Ireland’s Jack O’Donoghue will be hoping to lead the team into the semi-finals. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Ireland coach Mike Ruddock has made four changes to the Ireland team for their World Under-20 Championship Pool defining game against Fiji at the QBE (...)

 Garry Ringrose looks to avoid traffic Ireland’s 37-21 win over in Wales. Photograph: Simon Watts/Getty Images

Ireland’s 35-21 victory over Wales this morning coupled with New Zealand losing to South Africa leaves Mike Ruddock’s side on the cusp of qualifying f(...)

 Ross Molony and Jack O’Donoghue will be in the Ireland Under-20 starting  line-up when they take on Italy in Dubarry Park tonight. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 coach Mike Ruddock has resisted any urge to tinker with the side ahead of the penultimate match (...)

Cian Kelleher: Leinster wing comes in as only change to team that beat Scotland. Photograph: Inpho.

Coach Mike Ruddock makes just one change to the side that defeated Scotland in the opening match of the U20 Six Nations Championship with Cian Kellehe(...)

Blackrock centre Gary Ringrose makes his break to score a try in the first half at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The passing of the mantle will have to wait. Blackrock College remain the dominate rugby school in Leinster. Perhaps even the world. Jus(...)