Rhys Ruddock suffered injury against Harlequins in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s truncated season has been ended by a recurrence of the arm problem which has sidelined him for all but two games since mid-December.(...)

Ian Madigan: will assume the place-kicing duties for Leinster against Glasgow. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors may not be at full strength either, but Gregor Townsend’s men journey to Dublin with a real chance of overturning last season’s Gran(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor: “There are a lot of games in the Pro 12 that are impacted on by the lack of availability of Test players.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor, so clearly at odds with Ireland’s player management plan, believes the refusal to release Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney, Ja(...)

Irish captain Paul O’Connell holding the RBS Six Nations trophy as the Irish rugby team arrived back at Dublin Airport on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jamie Heaslip raised the biggest cheer of another triumphant homecoming by hopping over the barrier at Dublin Airport to allow the fans to hold the RB(...)

Tommy Bowe:  He worked extremely hard all afternoon and made some excellent breaks for a 92-metre haul. A couple of offloads didn’t go to a teammate but that doesn’t take away from the impact he made. Rating: 7

15 Rob KearneyA little bit of a mixed bag, a fumble for Scotland’s try, a couple of sliced kicks but overall his contribution was on the positive side(...)

Robbie Henshaw, Jared Payne, Luke Fitzgerald, Rob Kearney and Jonathon Sexton at an Ireland squad training session at Carton House, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland 15 Rob Kearney Age: 28 Height: 1.85m (6’1”) Weight: 95kg (15st) Caps: 61 Tries: 10 (1 conversion) After a few early errors, he was one of the(...)

 Simon Zebo upended in the tackle.  Wales racing into a 12-0 lead threw a spanner in the works of this well-oiled Irish machine. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

The pressure told; the pressure of the occasion maybe and, the shoe on the other foot, the scoreboard pressure applied on Ireland by Wales, who were m(...)

Ireland’s Devin Toner, Sean O’Brien and Paul O’Connell react to referee Wayne Barnes’s decision. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 6:29

The television companies, the sponsors and the organisers are happy. The 2015 RBS Six Nations will go down to the last day in a three-way shoot-out fo(...)

Rob Kearney: A few early errors but grew into the game with some traditional high fielding and a willingness to carry ball repeatedly: some success in breaking first line of defence on cut-backs and was his side’s most effective ball carrier with 104 metres. Rating 6

15 Rob KearneyA few early errors but grew into the game with some traditional high fielding and a willingness to carry ball repeatedly: some success i(...)

Simon Zebo of Ireland is upended during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images 4:42

It was Tomás Ó Sé who coined the phrase “you hammer the hammer” in reference to beating a team by targeting, and thereby negating, their primary st(...)