Paul O’Connell captained Ireland to  Six Nations Championshps success. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will compete with Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw and Jonathan Sexton for the accolade of the the Hibernia College IRUPA (...)

Ben Te’o scores one of his two tries against the Dragons. The New Zealand-born centre’s should be key part of a stronger Leinster outfit next season. Photograph: Ian Cooks/Inpho

Matt O’Connor might not be the most popular coach that has strode the RDS turf. But is his Leinster team essentially Joe Schmidt’s Ireland minus the w(...)

Donnacha Ryan makes a break for Munster against Edinburgh at Murrayfield. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster’s hopes of achieving success in the Pro12 play-offs were boosted by a thumping bonus-point win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday.The m(...)

Keith Earls scored one of Munster’s five tries against Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

Edinburgh 3 Munster 34Munster closed the gap on Guinness PRO12 leaders Glasgow with a 34-3 victory in a one-sided game against Edinburgh at Murrayfiel(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley said he is happy to bring a long recruitment drive to an end and finally clinch the signature of All Black Francis Saili (...)

Ireland players line up for the anthems ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland - Six have been selected for our Six Nations team of the tournament. Photograph: Ian  MacNicol/Getty Images 9:27

15 Rob Kearney (Ireland):Leigh Halfpenny’s goal-kicking could give him the nod again. Stuart Hogg was electric and carried for 100 more metres. But Ke(...)

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw is one of three Irish players nominated for the RBS Six Nations player of the tournament award. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland may have won the Six Nations title but it’s England who’ve been adjudged to have had the most prominent players in the tournament. Four of the(...)

Robbie Henshaw of Ireland is tackled by Finn Russell of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

A total of 221 points and 27 tries in three matches on one day; how do you like them apples Steve Hansen? The best laid plans rarely survive the first(...)

Paul O’Connell makes a flying tackle on Scotland’s Stuart Hogg. It almost goes without saying that the captain was immense leading from the front in his inimitable. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 9:27

The mind, and specifically the mindset of a team, is a curious thing indeed. It is extremely hard to imagine Ireland would have played with such posit(...)

Ireland’s Jared Payne scores his side’s  third try during the Six  Nations Championship match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

Much of the criticism proved misguided in the end. That impatient worry about the way Ireland play, their style.Beating Italy in Rome was an operatio(...)