On your marks: Paul O’Connell will captain Ireland in their decisive tie against England in the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Once again the stakes are huge. Once again the meeting of last year’s top two finds both countries unbeaten. So come the full-time whistle the winners(...)

Jordi Murphy comes in to replace Jamie Heaslip for Sunday’s Six Nations fixture against England. Photograph: INPHO 4:18

Ireland must be a three-dimensional team to defeat England, said Joe Schmidt, as he contested the assertion that his game plan is “boring, one dimensi(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald would love to make the match squad against England on Sunday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Luke Fitzgerald has learned to be less self-critical, the benefit of which can be measured, tangibly, in yet another high-calibre performance, one lib(...)

Jimmy Gopperth scored Leinster’s second try in their 29-8 win over Zebre at the RDS. (Photorgraph: INPHO/James Crombie)

Leinster 29 Zebre 9 Cian Healy finally made his appearance for the first time since September 2014. The Leinster prop and his now famous hamstr(...)

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(...)

Hooker Damien Varley made 121 appearances for Munster and won three caps for Ireland during his career. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster have confirmed the sad news that hooker Damien Varley has been forced to retire from rugby after failing to fully recover from a foot injury s(...)

Leinster scrumhalf Eoin Reddan in action during training at UCD. Photograph: Clive O’Donohoe/Inpho

The Leinster trio of Noel Reid, Richardt Strauss and Tom Denton have all been ruled out of Friday’s Guinness Pro 12 encounter with Zebre at the RDS du(...)

Test-winning Lion Sean O’Brien limbers up during a squad training session at Carton House in Co Kildare ahead of the game against France. Photograph: PA 3:25

The returning trio of Test-winning Lions, Seán O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip and Johnny Sexton, are expected to be named in the starting line-up at 2pm on Th(...)

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(...)