Ballyhale’s Henry Shefflin with Shane Prendergast of Clara as the teams battled for the Kilkenny title. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Ballyhale 1-20 Clara 1-13 Ballyhale Shamrocks showed the calibre of champions as a composed first-half performance helped them march to a 15th Kilkenn(...)

Mick O’Driscoll claims a lineout for Munster against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in 2007. The Premiership club are hoping to attract bigger crowds to the Coventry venue. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Club or franchise. London Wasps will find out in December when they make the bold move from Adams Park to the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry. Drawing on Lo(...)

Toulon beat both Munster and Leinster on the way to defending their European crown last season. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho 4:58

No less than having the offices in Dublin, there’s little doubt that five Irish Heineken Cup wins in a seven-year period (2006 to 2012) did not go (...)

Paul Marshall: “We’ve had good wins against Edinburgh and Glasgow and are a bit more buoyed but we know this will be the toughest test we’ve had this season.” Photo: Brian Thompson/Inpho

Andrew Trimble underwent a scan yesterday on an injured toe and it’s now unlikely the Ulster and Irish winger will take his place on the wing against(...)

 Pau’s new signing James Coughlan: “We both kind of said ‘if we don’t go now, we’ll never go’.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

The IRFU have succeeded where their Welsh, Scottish and Italian counterparts have largely failed in keeping all their front-line players at home. Even(...)

English Premiership Rugby chiefs have confirmed changes to the league’s salary cap from next season. As expected, the base salary cap level will rise (...)

Mayo’s Andy Moran and Aidan O’Shea celebrate the final whistle in the Connacht semi-final. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

At some point closer to his head than his heart, Roscommon manager John Evans sees Mayo winning through to another All-Ireland football final. (...)

 Mayo manager James Horan. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Andy Moran and Alan Dillon return to Mayo’s starting 15 for Sunday’s Connacht football final against Galway, two of four changes from their semi-final(...)

The draws for the  European Rugby Champions Cup and   Challenge Cup Pool Draws took place in Neuchatel. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster, beaten quarter-finalists last season and beaten finalists in 2011, have been handed a brutal draw in the newly styled Rugby Champions Cup pool(...)

Who’d be the Mayo manager, eh? James Horan spent the winter being told that he had no forwards and that his attacking approach needed overhauling. Th(...)