Scotland’s Duncan Taylor on the way to scoring their second try in the Six Nations win over France at Murrayfield. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Scotland arrive in Dublin today rarely having felt so good about themselves, or with Ireland so respectful and wary of the genuine threat they provid(...)

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek: “We try to make sure that we’re not throwing someone out there for the sake of it.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The fourth weekend of the RBS Six Nations finds Ireland hosting Italy on Saturday as the only two countries without a win to date and thus occupying t(...)

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek oversees training at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s a dog-eared discussion. When Italy are the opponents the focal points are usually the physicality they bring to any contest and their prowess in (...)

 Oliver Jager  in action for Blackrock College in  the Leinster Senior Cup:  Jager is pursuing a professional rugby career in New Zealand with the Canterbury Crusaders.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Three days after completing his Leaving Certificate, 17-year-old Oliver Jager was in New Zealand to embrace a new chapter in his life. He’d left eve(...)

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby with Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In that typically unfussy and unstated way of his, both as player and coach, Simon Easterby has again become a hugely important figure within the Irel(...)

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(...)

Marty Moore could yet be a Leinster player next season despite agreeing a deal with Wasps.

After Marty Moore’s decision to accept a three-year offer from English Premiership club Wasps, reported in The Irish Times last week, Leinster and th(...)

Jared Payne will not play for Ulster until at least December. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The timeline of Jared Payne’s “bruised foot” becoming “structural damage” that required surgery leaves Ulster without their prized possession at least(...)

Ireland’s Keith Earls: “I’m happy at the moment. Hopefully there is more to come. Without any injuries it is great to be able to build on it each week. That’s the plan.”

With an appeal of Seán O’Brien’s one-week suspension unlikely, the flanker is almost certainly out of Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against Argent(...)

Jared Payne is an injury doubt for the upcoming Italy game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jared Payne’s “bruised foot” kept him out of training today at Surrey Sports Park, making the 29-year-old Kiwi and Rob Kearney the only known doubts a(...)