Kieran Marmion dives over the line to score a try for Connacht against Leinster last Friday. Photoraph: James Crombie/Inpho.

In front of the watching Joe Schmidt, Friday night’s head-to-head subplots in the Sportsground would have focussed mostly around midfield, and the you(...)

Paul O’Connell makes his first start of the Pro12 campaign against Zebre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Munster v Zebre, Thomond Park, 7.30pm: Dave Kilcoyne spoke this week about the team delivering for the fans and “turning up” on the day to win their (...)

 Paul O’Connell plays against Zebre tomorrow night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will play his first competitive game for Munster this season in their Guinness Pro12 clash with Zebre at Thomond Park t(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley: gets his first chance at playing his full-strength side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster will roll out their big guns for Zebre on Friday night as coach Anthony Foley goes in search of his first home win.Paul O’Connell, Conor Murra(...)

Of all the the emerging young players on the tour of Argentina, the one  who made the biggest impression on Joe Schmidt was flanker  Rhys Ruddock. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a small, relatively throwaway remark but it was worth noting nonetheless. “This was my first tour,” Joe Schmidt reminded us, and you forget, fo(...)

Eoin Reddan training with the Irish squad at the Universitario Rugby Club in Tucumán as they prepare for today’s second Test.

It was Sunday, November 24th, which absolutely confirmed to Eoin Reddan that he was in a good place. It was the day that Ireland played the All Blacks(...)

The Connacht duo of Kieran Marmion and Rodney Ah You after making their debuts in the first Test against Argentina  at Estadio Centenario in Resistencia. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In stark contrast to the weekly workload of his Connacht career over the last couple of seasons, Kieran Marmion has had to bide his time with Ireland.(...)

Ireland’s Luke Marshall is tackled during the win over Argentina last Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Fears that Luke Marshall may have suffered concussion appear to have been dispelled following several tests since the Ulster centre was taken off in t(...)

Simon Zebo in action against Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan.

Despite emerging with an apparently clean bill of health from a bruising and sapping first test win in Residencia, true to Joe Schmidt’s word in gi(...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell, Felix Jones and Robbie Diack after the after the win over Argentina at the Estadio Centenario, Resistencia. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Darren Cave was positively buzzing. This was his sixth Irish cap, and his fifth start, but unlike the previous four on North American tours while Ire(...)