Tommy O’Donnell returns to the backrow for Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster v Zebre Thomond Park, Friday, 7.0 Live on TG4 It doesn’t matter whether Munster are smarting from the nature of their defeat against the (...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan ggoes past  Thomas McGovern of Meath during the  Eirgrid Leinster  Under-21 Football quarter-final at Parnell Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 1-12 Meath 0-9 Manager Dessie Farrell described Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan as a key performer after his 1-7 haul helped book Dublin’s EirGrid Lei(...)

Munster duo Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander both start for Ireland against Wales on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are the latest senior players ruled out of the opening Six Nations match against a well-stocked Welsh side. The Lei(...)

Rory Best: Candidacy will not have been harmed by reports of his half-time rallying call which contributed to Ulster’s comeback from 23-0 down to win in Oyannax . Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rory Best is the odds-on favourite to be named as the next captain of the Irish rugby team when Joe Schmidt announces a squad of around 36 or 37 playe(...)

A dejected Tomas O’Leary after the final whistle as Munster suffer a frustrating defeat at the hands of Leicester Tigers Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 19 Leicester Tigers 31 Confirmation of an unmistakable trend. Leicester, lacking the power of a Saracens pack or the razor slicing London Was(...)

Simon Zebo moves to fullback for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 trip to play Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley is able to call upon a number of Ireland internationals as they make their first appearance of the season for the provi(...)

Ruadhan Byron of Belvedere is tackled by Conor Treacy of St Michael’s at Donnybrook. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Belvedere College 10 St Michael’s College 0 The game-breaking instincts of David Hawkshaw tore the heart out of St Michael’s to make Belvedere the fir(...)

The Nire 1-11 Ballylanders 0-7 Though they had two players black-carded Waterford champions, The Nire, cruised to a comfortable win in the Munster clu(...)

 Enda Coughlan of Clare and Waterford’s Liam Ó Lonáin. Photograph: Inpho

CLARE 2-8 WATERFORD 2-8 Waterford and Clare played out a draw in front of 1,768 spectators at Cusack Park, Ennis on Saturday evening. Cla(...)

Zebre’s George Biagi is tackled by  Leinster’s Shane Jennings. Photograph: Nando Vescusio/Inpho

Zebre 8 Leinster 31 Leinster rounded off a largely positive weekend for Irish rugby in Parma yesterday where they saw off Zebre to commandeer second p(...)