Ronan O’Gara kicks a late drop goal to beat Wales and clinch the Grand Slam for Ireland in 2011. Photo: Inpho

Former Ireland, Munster and Lions fly-half Ronan O’Gara will be inducted into the Irupa Hall of Fame, after being selected for the honour by a panel o(...)

Paddy Jackson: “Whether it’s Johnny or Mads, we’re going up against each other, but . . .I’ll just be trying to focus on my own game.” Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye/Inpho

By and large, this season has seen Paddy Jackson’s Test career stall a tad. But his development as an outhalf has progressed significantly, and, lest(...)

The Harlequins director of rugby, Conor O’Shea. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Heretofore Conor O’Shea has been merely a player and a pundit, whatever about being a prophet, in his own land. Yet for the last five years of his pla(...)

Michael Kiernan attempts a drop goal over Mark Ring during Ireland-Wales Five Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park in 1987. Ireland won 15-11. Photograph: Simon Bruty/Allsport

Meetings between Ireland and Wales are akin to a two-horse race, but at times over the last two or three decades it’s been easier to pick the winner o(...)

Jonny May of Gloucester receives treatment during the Aviva Premiership “Big Game 8” match against Harlequins at Twickenham Stadium on December 27th. Photograph: Getty Images

England wing Jonny May requires surgery on a knee injury sustained playing for Gloucester last week and his participation in the Six Nations champions(...)

An Ireland fan looks dejected during the IRB RWC Quarter Final match between Ireland and Wales at Wellington Regional Stadium in 2011. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

1- 1987 Ireland 6 Wales 13 - Athletic Park, Wellington It was two years since Ireland had won the Triple Crown under Mick Doyle(...)

John Cooney comes in at scrumhalf for Connacht with Kieran Marmion out injured. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

With eight Connacht names in the Emerging Ireland squad, Pat Lam’s side can look forward to travelling to Gloucester with some vim. But David Humphre(...)

Dan Tuohy celebrates Ulster’s victory over Leinster at the  Kingspan Stadium last month. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After a summer of upheaval, there is a growing sense that Ulster are building something special again, and the rock around which this is being constr(...)

Jared Payne in action against Connacht at the  Sportsgrounds. “It’s massive for us to win some silverware.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It can’t have been easy to be a foreign player compelled to watch his first season from the stands. As Jared Payne recuperated from a ruptured Achill(...)

“The Ulster supporters brought great passion to the occasion and it was matched by the home team.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye

I endured some brutally physical contests at the old Ravenhill; I enjoyed them too. When Ulster met Munster in Belfast there’d be plenty of moaning as(...)