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(...)

Lansdowne’s Tom Farrell tries to avoid the challenges of Clontarf’s Ariel Robles and Evan Ryan during the  Ulster Bank League Division 1A match at  Castle Avenue. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster Bank League round-up: Having struggled past Old Belvedere last week, Division 1A leaders Lansdowne were back at full tilt today as they ran in (...)

Garry Ringrose scores a try for Leinster ‘A’ against Plymouth Albion in their 59-26 British & Irish Cup victory at Donnybrook. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Two-time British & Irish Cup champions, Leinster A continued their quest for a third consecutive title with a 59-26 win over Plymouth Albion at D(...)

Grenoble’s scrumhalf James Hart in action  during the French Top 14 clash against  Toulouse at the Stade Ernest Wallon. Photo: Raymond Roig/Geggy

Grenoble produced arguably the performance of the weekend when they travelled to the Stade Ernest Wallon and beat their hosts Toulouse 25-22 in a pul(...)

 Gareth Steenson of Exeter Chiefs, who scored 19 points,  in action against  London Irish at Sandy Park on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images.

Leinster A got their British & Irish Cup defence off to a decent start with a 31-24 victory over Plymouth Albion at Brickfields. What might have i(...)

 Ruairi Cushion in action for  Plymouth against Leeds Carnegie. “I’d love to forge a career in coaching”, says the scrumhalf. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images.

Ruairi Cushion never saw it coming, the swinging arm that connected with his jaw. He was unconscious before his head bounced off the turf, admitting (...)

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(...)