Connacht have retained 22-year-old Jack Rugby at outhalf for the visit of Leinster at the Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho.

Connacht v Leinster Sportsground 7.35, TV: TG4 Connacht welcome the champions to an expectant Sportsground from the lofty heights of third p(...)

Rhys Ruddock makes his first start of the season in Leinster’s interprovincial clash against Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fergus McFadden will replace the injured Zane Kirchner on the right wing for Leinster’s Guinness Pro12 interprovincial clash with Connacht at the Show(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy.  “I feel like I’m in with a shout and I can perform to my best again.” Photo: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe’s departure was messy and abrupt and following in the wake of director of rugby David Humphreys taking the boat to Gloucest(...)

 Leinster’s Sean O’Brien will lead the team against Ulster at Tallaght stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sean O’Brien will captain Leinster against Ulster in a pre-season friendly at Tallaght stadium tomorrow (4.0).The Lions and Ireland backrow forward st(...)

Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson: confirmed offer of contract to Johnny Sexton and expects decision within next week or fortnight. Photograph: Inpho.

There’s a rapidly dwindling appetite for further conjecture on where Jonathan Sexton will be playing his rugby next season. Leinster, in conjunction (...)

 Nina Carberry (left) and Jane Mangan after they were presented with the Mary Hyde cup having tied  as leading women rider for the national hunt season, on day one of the Galway Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In the grander scheme of things, the only tip that mattered on the first evening of Galway’s Race Week was to be found in the blue and gold colours i(...)

Of all the the emerging young players on the tour of Argentina, the one  who made the biggest impression on Joe Schmidt was flanker  Rhys Ruddock. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a small, relatively throwaway remark but it was worth noting nonetheless. “This was my first tour,” Joe Schmidt reminded us, and you forget, fo(...)

Simon Zebo breaks clear of the Argentina defence to score Ireland’s first try during the second Test in Tucumán, Argentina. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Argentina 17 Ireland 23: Ireland huffed and puffed in the clammy Tucumán air of north eastern Argentina to eventually complete a slightly laboured (...)

Fergus McFadden, who will don the Ireland number 13 jersey against Argentina tomorrow, taking part in the captain’s run at the Estadio Centenario, Tucumán. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland have plumped for a more experienced and proven side for the second Test against Argentina in the Estadio José Fierro in Tucumán tomorrow (kick(...)

Simon Zebo in action against Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan.

Despite emerging with an apparently clean bill of health from a bruising and sapping first test win in Residencia, true to Joe Schmidt’s word in gi(...)