Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock has returned to the starting team for Ospreys game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster will be aiming to pile more misery on an Ospreys side who have seen their title challenge fade since losing influential players to the Six (...)

Simon Zebo has had few chances to play his attacking, running game but insists he is more than happy to be part of a winning Ireland side. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan) 3:06

Simon Zebo never woke up in the morning having dreamed of the kick and chase game. He never fantasised about competing for a high ball and slapping it(...)

Peter Stringer: “I think he’s been doing a great job for Bath,” says Leinster coach Matt O’Connor. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Peter Stringer’s name is synonymous with Munster rugby but Matt O’Connor yesterday aligned the former Irish scrumhalf with a possible move to Leinste(...)

Leinster’s Dave Kearney scores a try during the Guinness Pro 12 match against Newport Gwent Dragons at the RDS. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Leinster 14 Dragons 16Three more concussions at the RDS as Leinster went down to the Dragons in the Guinness Pro 12, the most worrying of all for Rich(...)

Johnny Sexton was named man of the match in Ireland’s 18-11 Six nations win over France at the Aviva Stadium.  (Photograph: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Ireland player ratingsRob Kearney 7Made nine carries for 53 metres. A jarring, wrap tackle on Scott Spedding earned an important 24th minute penalty a(...)

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

 Ben Te’o gets a long overdue fourth appearance for Leinster against the Dragons on Sunday, having so far only played 87 minutes of rugby union. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A non-televised Pro 12 game in Dublin sneaks under the radar but there’s plenty of external interest in those involved.There are rumours that Wallab(...)

Ian Keatley has been named in the Munster side to play Cardiff Clues in the Pro 12 tomorrow evening. (Photograph: INPHO/Marcus Sheridan)

Ian Keatley returns to the Munster team for tomorrow’s Pro 12 fixture against Cardiff Blues at the newly developed Musgrave Park.Keatley, fresh from a(...)

Keith Earls goes through his paces during Ireland training this morning. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:25

Ireland skills and kicking coach, Richie Murphy, confirmed a full participation at Ireland’s training session ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations clash wi(...)

“Johnny has been training over the last couple of weeks with the rest of the squad. He’s been getting his reps in so that shouldn’t be a problem.”

Irish coach Joe Schmidt is hoping that six returning players as well as Rory Best will be available for selection when he picks his side on Thursday f(...)