Jerry Sexton of Exeter Chiefs embraces teammate Greg Bateman  at the final whistle during the LV= Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester at Sandy Park, Exeter, at the weekend. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The Irish rugby public were probably only concerned with the form and well being of one Sexton this weekend. The Sexton family, however, had a differe(...)

Connacht’s Quinn Roux: “Quinn Roux is available to play this weekend, John Cooney is not. It is in their contracts,” said a Leinster official. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster have ensured only one of their two players on loan to Connacht will be available to play against them on Friday in Galway. South African lock(...)

Cavan’s Gearóid McKiernan in action against Roscommon during the National League Division Three final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The mood music around the Armagh panel was all wrong going into last year’s defeat to Cavan at Breffni Park.In hindsight, the Armagh players’ doubts (...)

Ospreys’ Jeff Hassler brushes off Connacht’s Eoin Griffin on his way to scoring a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 match at the  Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Huw Evans/Inpho

Ospreys 45 Connacht 20: Centre Ashley Beck crossed for two tries as the Ospreys signed off their Pro12 season with a bonus point win over Connacht at (...)

Andrew Conway breaks clear to score Munster’s first try in the  RaboDirect Pro12 game against Connacht at  The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 23 Munster 32: Munster warmed up for their Heineken Cup semi-final again(...)

Peter O’Mahony: ruled out until next season due to a shoulder injury. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out of Ireland’s tour of Argentina in June after undergoing reconstructive shou(...)

Cavan 1-9 Down 0-5Cavan made it two wins from as many starts in this year’s Dr McKenna Cup with a comfortable victory over Down at Kingscourt.The hos(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw made his Ireland debut on the summer tour earlier this year

It is very simple. The IRFU, as their director of rugby Eddie Wigglesworth explains, live and breathe off the national team. Everything else is backgr(...)

Eugene Keating of Cavan with Kieran Duffy and Drew Wylie of Monaghan battle for possession at Clones. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Monaghan 1-10 Cavan 0-12: Monaghan are through to their third Ulster final in seven seasons after a hard-fought win over near neighbours Cavan in Clon(...)

UCD players celebrate their promotion to Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It was a stunning triumph in the terms of the context of the occasion, the nature of the victory and manner in which it adhered to the e(...)