Dave Kearney is tackled by Billy Twelvetrees as Danny Care (left) looks on during the Six Nations clash against  England. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

In the week of the Oscars perhaps there’s a bit of scope to borrow an analogy or two from the film world in pouring over the r(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Dan Parks of Connacht 	challenge for the ball during the RaboDirect Pro12 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 16 Connacht 13: Connacht were just three minutes away from a famous interprovincial derby victory at the RDS, but Leinster pulled it out of t(...)

Leinster’s Jack McGrath has seen his early-season form rewarded by a call-up to the Ireland squad for the Autumn Internationals. Photograph; Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The DNA of the Ireland squad, chosen by national coach Joe Schmidt, for the November test series can be traced to the final match in last season’s Six(...)

Leinster prop Jack McGrath has been called up to the Ireland squad for the autumn internationals. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named a 34-man squad for the three November internationals, with Brian O’Driscoll named amongst the backs after retu(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls beats the tackle of Rob Kearney of Leinster on his way to scoring the only try of the RaboDirect Pro12 clash at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 19 Leinster 15: Ian Keatley steered Munster to a hard-earned RaboDirect Pro12 victory at Thomond Park as they broke Leinster’s two-year strang(...)

Leinster’s Jordi Murphy and Tom Denton tackle Alex Corbisiero of Northampton in Donntbrook.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster 13 Northampton Saints 21: Northampton Saints’ superior exposure told as they wore down a callow Leinster side in a pre-season friendly in Don(...)

Rhys Ruddock (right) pictured with team-mates (from left) Jonathan Sexton, Isaac Boss, James Heaslip and Sean O’Brien after Leinster’s Amlin Challenge Cup Final victory. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Rhys Ruddock will lead the Emerging Ireland team in their opening fxture of the IRB Tbilisi Cup against hosts Georgia tomorrow night (10.0pm, Irish t(...)

Rory Best will captain Ireland on the tour. Photograph: Inpho

Les Kiss, Ireland’s interim head coach, will be part of Joe Schmidt’s management team on a three year contrac(...)