Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Leinster’s backrower Jordi Murphy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster, via the schools system, possess a never-ending well of backrow talent. This is evident now more than ever because the injury toll has never (...)

Ben Te’o has been relearning rugby union at Leinster training after converting from league to join the province. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

  Leinster v Edinburgh RDS Arena, 7.35pm TG4 Ben Te’o will be the centre of attention in every respect for tonight’s Guinness Pro12(...)

Former Ireland international Geordan Murphy is  regarded as favourite to succeed Paul Burke. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Former Ireland international Paul Burke has stepped down as backs’ coach at the Leicester Tigers. Geordan Murphy would be regarded as favourite to suc(...)

Mike Ross of Leinster is tackled by  Munster’s Stephen Archer and Robin Copeland. The prop may yet be fit to face Castres this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie /  Inpho

Leinster will wait until later in the week to make a call on the fitness of prop Mike Ross and fullback Rob Kearney ahead of their European Champions (...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney in action against Munster in their Pro12 encounter at Aviva Stadium in March. Photograph: Inpho.

The derby feels more important than usual – 2015 probably won’t be a bad year, but it could be. A stuttering start to both Leinster and Munster campai(...)

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan in action against Connacht last week. “Last year certain players got ahead of me that I had been ahead of prior to that. It was just about fighting my way back into it.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Gonzaga College churn out far too many senior counsels for their rugby professionals not to have a decent grasp of oratory as well. The master (...)

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(...)