Ireland prop Mike Ross has won 49 international caps since his debut in 2009. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Joe Schmidt has never been accused of the emotional pick. When Mike Ross was dropped by former Leinster coach Matt O’Connor earlier this year, the (...)

Ian Keatley has been left out of Ireland’s 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Notable absentees from Schmidt’s squad include Ian Kea(...)

 Robbie  Henshaw scored the season-defining try with a high take and adroit touchdown off Conor Murray’s box kick against England. And, with that, a new Irish midfield star was born. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s been interesting and, let’s be honest, at times it’s been dull too. Much of the rugby has been ho-hum, and the provinces had a decidedly mixed ba(...)

Glasgow’s Al Kellock lifts the Guinness Pro 12 trophy afteer the Scottish side’s victory over Munster at Ravenhill. Photo:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Glasgow 31 Munster 13 Glasgow became the first Scottish side to carry off the Pro 12 League trophy that even the diehard Munster fans that arrived to(...)

Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath: this year has seen an improvement in his team’s defence. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

There’s been a fair shift in the relative positions of the teams in the past 12 months since Antrim sprang an ambush to defeat the home team. Ferma(...)

 Face off: Munster captain  Denis Hurley and Glasgow Warriors’ captain Josh Strauss   ahead of today’s Guinness Pro12 final in  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It wasn’t quite meant to be like this, for Ulster desperately wanted to showcase their team as well as their impressively redeveloped home ground. Bu(...)

Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out of Munster’s Pro 12 final against Glasgow on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Munster have sustained two heavy losses ahead of the Pro 12 final against Glasgow as Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray are ruled out through injury. (...)

Joe Schmidt says the experience of Less Kiss will be invaluable when selecting Ireland’s squad for this year’s World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

In the aftermath of the disappointing Irish performance and defeat to the Barbarians in Thomond Park on Thursday night, Joe Schmidt gave little pointe(...)

Glasgow’s Niko Matawalu takes on Ulster’s Jared Payne.  Ian Keatley must recognise Glasgow’s varied set up and create the opportunity to expose Matawalu. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Last weekend provided lots of talking points for all three provinces and Glasgow’s Fijian right wing Nikola Matawalu was right up there. Yes many will(...)

“If we start thinking about different things and getting distracted, getting emotional, then that’s a negative,” said Munster coach Anthony Foley. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Competing in their first final for four seasons, it’s odd to think that Munster are in relatively uncharted territory of late. There are a myriad of p(...)