Nina Carberry (left) and Jane Mangan after they were presented with the Mary Hyde cup having tied  as leading women rider for the national hunt season, on day one of the Galway Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In the grander scheme of things, the only tip that mattered on the first evening of Galway’s Race Week was to be found in the blue and gold colours i(...)

Darren Cave makes a break against Argentina. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Argentina 17 Ireland 29 Ireland duly achieved their anticipated first test win in Argentina, if not quite in the manner Joe Schmidt and the Iri(...)

Ireland new cap Robbie Diack. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By Gerry ThornleyAs expected, the South African-born Robbie Diack, who qualifies by residency, will make his debut for Ireland against Argentina on Sa(...)

Ulster’s Michael Heaney avoids the tackles of Munster’s Casey Laulala and Felix Jones to score a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 17 Ulster 19: Ulster would have taken most of the encouragement and the plaudits from this encounter long before the end, but as it transpired(...)

Munster head coach Rob Penney has made 10 changes to his line-up for the visit of Ulster to Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Zebre’s surprise late win over the Ospreys last week did Ulster a double favour, for having cemented their place in the play-offs the following night (...)

Leinster’s Jack McGrath on is progression this season: “It’s about getting a run of games.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At this time of year during the tsunami of end of year awards, some of the gong winners slip by unnoticed. This week Leinster loosehead prop Jack McGr(...)

Cardiff’s Robin Copeland: has made the backrow in the Pro12 team of the year.

Seven players from Irish clubs have been selected on the RaboDirect Pro12 team of the year. Of those seven five are Irish internationals. Ulster’s Joh(...)

New Munster signing Robin Copeland has been named on the RaboDirect Pro12 team of the season for his displays with the Cardiff Blues. Photograph: Huw Evans/Inpho

Six Ireland internationals have been named on the RaboDirect Pro12 team of the season, with Leinster, Munster and Ulster dominating the selection.In t(...)

Casey Laulala in action against Toulon: “Casey Laulala is a case in point where the accuracy he consistently displayed fell below standard.”

What is success? Is it winning trophies or developing indigenous talent or both? This time next year Toulon will be stronger, faster, more powerful an(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores a try despite Toulon’s Drew Mitchell tackle during the Heineken Cup semi-final at the  Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Toulon 24 Munster 16: Toulon moved to within one match of defending their H(...)