Can Ireland win a third Six Nations in a row? Photograph: Getty Images

GERRY THORNLEY How will Ireland fare? A tall order without either of the twin totems for the first time since 1999, made taller still by having Wal(...)

Marty Moore: will move from Leinster to Wasps on a three-year deal at the end of the season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The prospect of paying in the region of £250,000 (€328,000) compensation to Wasps in light of Marty Moore having signed a heads of agreement with the(...)

Rory Best: Candidacy will not have been harmed by reports of his half-time rallying call which contributed to Ulster’s comeback from 23-0 down to win in Oyannax . Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rory Best is the odds-on favourite to be named as the next captain of the Irish rugby team when Joe Schmidt announces a squad of around 36 or 37 playe(...)

Victor Costello of Leinster breaks the Milan defence during their European Cup game in  1996. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster are re-assembling their squad from the inaugural European Cup in 1995-96 for Saturday week’s return meeting with Toulon at the Aviva Stadium.(...)

Anthony Foley: “You know, 7:45 on a Saturday evening in Thomond Park is normally a very good time to play a game.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster’s rich history in the European Cup is generously dotted with examples of them not performing in the league on the previous weekends before ra(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo is tackled by Tom Prydie of Newport-Gwent Dragons just short of the try line during the Pro12 game at Rodney Parade on Sunday. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho.

Once again then, Irish hopes of advancement to the knockout stages in the European Champions Cup would appear to hinge on Munster. But were they to l(...)

This wonderful photograph from a packed  Ireland versus Austria match  in 1963 is just one of many in   ’Dalymount Park,   Home of Irish Football’ by Colin White.

THE BEST  No Borders – Playing Rugby For Ireland by Tom English (Arena Sport, €31.60) Oral histories are tricky to get right. An oral history (...)

Lock Hayden Triggs has said it is a privelege to play for Leinster. Photograph: Inpho

Save for Brad Thorn’s momentous three-month stay at the end of the 2011-12 season, Leinster haven’t exactly been blessed with luck when it comes to l(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam: “You want a full complement to select from, but the thing that I’m pleased with is the way that we have trained as a squad.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Lam yesterday insisted it is just another game, with another four points on the line. But in travelling to Thomond Park on Saturday atop the Guin(...)

John Muldoon: “I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t love to win in Munster before I retire, it’s one of the places where I have never won at senior level.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Muldoon made his senior debut for Connacht in 2002 at Thomond Park in an end-of-season friendly, in what would be a rare enough outing at opensi(...)