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(...)

Eoin Reddan training with the Irish squad at the Universitario Rugby Club in Tucumán as they prepare for today’s second Test.

It was Sunday, November 24th, which absolutely confirmed to Eoin Reddan that he was in a good place. It was the day that Ireland played the All Blacks(...)

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(...)

Darren Cave: “My expectation of Darren Cave is that he continues to be the really clever player that he is,” said Ireland coach Joe Schmidt ahead of tomorrow’s first Test against Argentina. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When the posse of contenders to assume occupancy of the number 13 jersey was first listed, Darren Cave was relatively well down the betting. Even Ulst(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll of Leinster, in the last match of his career, is carried by Ian Madigan and Cian Healy after winning the Pro 12 trophy with victory over Glasgow  at the RDS.  Photograph:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images 1:50

Sport doesn’t care who you are. It doesn’t know what you did or what you meant. It couldn’t be less interested in what you want. We came to Ballsbrid(...)

Leinster players celebrate winning the RaboDirect PRO12 Final at the RDS. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire 1:50

Leinster 34 Glasgow 12People leave but Leinster stay the same. Jimmy Gopperth and Zane Kirchner, signed with the unenviable tasks of replacing club ic(...)

Given his composure as Johnny Sexton’s replacement in the endgame to Ireland’s Six Nations’ finale in Paris, his versatility as a 10, 12 and 15, not to mention Saturday’s reminder of his potential impact off the bench, it is a surprise Ian Madigan has not made the 30-man Ireland squad for Argentina. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The composition of a 30-man squad for a two-Test tour to Argentina might, in normal circumstances, have been notable for the absentees, but this party(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: reluctantly left the field at the behest of team doctor John Ryan. Photograph: Inpho

The long goodbye is set to have its final outing. Helped by a two-week break, Leinster coach Matt O’Connor is confident that Brian O’Driscoll will go (...)

Ian Madigan goes over for the only try of the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the  RDS. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 13 Ulster 9: Ian Madigan emerged as the match-winner for Leinster as his 72nd minute try decided Saturday evening’s attritional RaboDirect Pr(...)

Gordon D’Arcy: “How do you tell someone now not to play when something could go wrong or may not go wrong in the future? Statistically it’s going to affect somebody down the line, you just kind of hope you’re not one of those statistics.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rugby player Gordon D’Arcy has discussed the risks involved in modern rugby especially those associated with concussion but admits it is difficult (...)