Jordan Coghlan will start at inside centre for Leinster in their opening pre-season game against the Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has named a youthful selection for the opening game of the pre-season away to Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on(...)

 Ireland captain  Jack O’Donoghue. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

England U-20 42 Ireland U-20 15: There is no quibbling about the meritocracy of England’s victory as they eased to a comprehensive victory in the Unde(...)

Ross Molony and Jack O’Donoghue will be key men for Ireland Under-20s against England in their Junior World Cup semi-final in North Harbour, New Zealand. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Ringrose clan, St Michael’s College and UCD can take the most satisfaction from this odyssey. That’s what any journey to the penultimate stages o(...)

 Garry Ringrose looks to avoid traffic Ireland’s 37-21 win over in Wales. Photograph: Simon Watts/Getty Images

Ireland’s 35-21 victory over Wales this morning coupled with New Zealand losing to South Africa leaves Mike Ruddock’s side on the cusp of qualifying f(...)

Crescent CC’s Diarmuid Dee, in action during the 2013 Munster Schools Senior Cup final, has the physicality to make an impact. Photograph: Cathal noonan/Inpho

New Zealand have won the Under-20 Rugby World Cup four times and have been in every tournament final except last year. Less mysterious than respected,(...)

 Ross Molony and Jack O’Donoghue will be in the Ireland Under-20 starting  line-up when they take on Italy in Dubarry Park tonight. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 coach Mike Ruddock has resisted any urge to tinker with the side ahead of the penultimate match (...)

Mike Ruddock: “We must take our chances when they come along and although we did well to draw with Italy last year we would be confident that at Dubarry Park we can get the desired result.”  Photo: Chris Vaughan /Inpho

There was some mixed news yesterday for Ireland coach Mike Ruddock ahead of Friday night’s game against Italy. Irish c(...)

 Ireland’s Dan Leavy is forced off with a shoulder injury against England at Franklin’s Gardens.  Chris Vaughan/Inpho

There was some mixed news for Ireland coach Mike Ruddock ahead of Friday night’s Under 20 international against Italy at Dubarry Park (7.05). (...)

Ireland’s Jack O’Donoghue scores the opening try in last night’s Under-20 Six Nations match against Scotland in Dubarry Park, Athlone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland U-20 34 Scotland U-20 7: A superb display by a dominant set of forwards saw Ireland get their U-20 Six Nations campaign off to a flying start (...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw made his Ireland debut on the summer tour earlier this year

It is very simple. The IRFU, as their director of rugby Eddie Wigglesworth explains, live and breathe off the national team. Everything else is backgr(...)