Connacht  players Robbie Henshaw, former All Blacks ace  Mils Muliaina and Fionn Carr model  this season’s jersey, sponsored by   Life Style Sports. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Already the decision of Robbie Henshaw to remain in Connacht seems justified on a number of fronts, not least with the arrival of Mils Muliaina.Muliai(...)

Gordon D’Arcy: expanding his empire

Gordon D’Arcy, famed for his prowess at some oddball sport or other, hit the headlines recently when the Exchequer gastropub in which he has a stake (...)

 Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy, Jimmy Gopperth and Seán O’Brien at the launch of the new Leinster European Shirt. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Filling the considerable void left by Jonathan Sexton was never going to be easy, but as debut seasons go, Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth has good reaso(...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy, Seán O’Brien and Jimmy Gopperth at the launch of the province’s new European kit. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With the start of the new campaign just over four weeks away, anticipation is rising amongst Matt O’Connor’s Leinster squad, as they seek to secure a(...)

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(...)