Ireland ‘s Devin Toner and Iain Henderson comes out for the Captain’s Run past soldiers at the Estadio Centenario, Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

FIRST TEST Argentina v Ireland Estadio Centenario, today, 7.40pm Sky Sports 1 The Ireland squad made their half-hour trek across the bridge(...)

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(...)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor: repeats his assertion that developing a player of Heineken Cup/Test standard takes time, and without Jamie Heaslip and Seán O’Brien “you would lose the transitional pieces”.  Photograph: Inpho

Mick Dawson is in his 13th year as chief executive of the Leinster Branch. In that time the organisation has undergone quite a transformation, from an(...)

 Paul O’Connell wins a line out during the Munster versus Leinster RaboDirect Pro12 game at Thomond Park last  Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saturday was more than a little sobering, whether watching events in Thomond Park in Limerick, Ellis Park in Johannesburg, or to finish it all off lat(...)

Israel Folau scored Australia’s try in The Rugby Championship victory over Argentina in Perth. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Australia 14 Argentina 13: Australia made hard work of it but snapped a four-match losing streak with a narrow one-point victory over Argentina to dra(...)

Wallabies captain Will Genia: the out-of-form scrumhalf has been dropped to the bench for Saturday’s Test against Argentina. Photograph: Getty Images

Leicester chairman Peter Tom has insisted top English and French clubs are not trying “to run off with the gold” after announcing plans for a major ne(...)

Argentina’s Juan Martin Hernandez falls heavily during the Rugby Championship test match against South Africa at the Soccer City stadium in Soweto. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa 73 Argentina 13: South Africa ran in nine tries as they overwhelmed Argentina 73-13 to ensure an easier than expected start to their R(...)

Jerome Porical in action during the semi-final win over Perpignan. Photograph: Inpho

They have a rich history. They have the usual smattering of foreign imports. They suffer acute travel sickness, though can occasionally deliver(...)

Jamie Heaslip was in the wars during Leinster’s hard-fought Pro12 semi-final win over Glasgow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It may not be quite the double they wanted, and the one they’ve come up a game short of in the last two seasons, but regardless of that another(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip makes a break against Biarritz during the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final at the RDS on Saturday. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 44 Biarritz 16: All Leinster’s Lions contenders enhanced their credentia(...)