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 (...)

Ireland defence coach Les Kiss is looking for significant improvement in the second Test against Argentina.

Aside from not rewarding visits deep into the Pumas’ 22 with scores, by far the most disappointing aspect of the Irish performance in last Saturday’s (...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson in action during the first Test against Argentina last Saturday. “It’s all about detail with Joe, make sure everything is nailed off.”

Having missed out on the November Tests through injury, Iain Henderson has been playing catch-up under Joe Schmidt’s watch, which as many players hav(...)

Darren Cave makes a break against Argentina. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Argentina 17 Ireland 29 Ireland duly achieved their anticipated first test win in Argentina, if not quite in the manner Joe Schmidt and the Iri(...)

New Ireland cap Ulster’s Robbie Diack at the Emperador Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Opportunity knocks for a host of players in the first Test against Argentina tomorrow, for if grasped there is the real chance of breaking into Joe(...)

Ireland new cap Robbie Diack. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By Gerry ThornleyAs expected, the South African-born Robbie Diack, who qualifies by residency, will make his debut for Ireland against Argentina on Sa(...)

Crescent CC’s Diarmuid Dee, in action during the 2013 Munster Schools Senior Cup final, has the physicality to make an impact. Photograph: Cathal noonan/Inpho

New Zealand have won the Under-20 Rugby World Cup four times and have been in every tournament final except last year. Less mysterious than respected,(...)

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 (...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan bursts for the line to score the only try in  semi-final against Ulster on Saturday at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leinster 13 Ulster 9When you know how to win, you know how to win. Serial winners at the business end of the season, Leinster rolled up their sleeves (...)