Ian Keatley has been left out of Ireland’s 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Notable absentees from Schmidt’s squad include Ian Kea(...)

Ireland under-20 scrumhalf Charlie Rock makes a break during the seventh place play-off against Scotland at the World Rugby  under-20  Championships at  Zaffanella Stadium in Viadana. Photo: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Ireland 17 Scotland 9 Ireland under-20 coach Nigel Carolan says he expects many of this squad to go on and earn full caps in the years ahead and belie(...)

Cian Kelleher of Lansdowne (right). He and Clontarf’s Collie O’Shae are named on the squad to take on Barbarians on Thursday. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

The overlap in the rugby lives of Cian Kelleher and Collie O’Shea represent a curious collision of circumstances over the past several weeks. The two (...)

Ulster Rugby squad training at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, ahead of their Pro12 semi-final against Glasgow at Scotstoun. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho.

What makes Ulster a lesser proposition than last season or when they reached the 2012 European Cup final is the reduction of power forwards. Johann M(...)

Sean Lamont of Glasgow Warriors challenges for the ball in the air with the Ulster duo of Rory Scholes and Louis Ludik during the Guinness Pro 12 game at Scotstoun. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Glasgow 32 Ulster 10 Roared on by a sell-out Scotstoun crowd, Glasgow scored a comeback bonus-point 32-10 win after they had trailed 10-6 to Ul(...)

Ian Humphreys will start at outhalf for Ulster in their game away to Glasgow. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Inpho/Presseye

The draw with Munster in Belfast appears to have made up Neil Doak’s mind. Sure, that sharp cut-out pass by Paddy Jackson and touchline conversion (...)

Stuart McCloskey starts for Ulster away at Glasgow on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

With a Pro 12 play-off place secured and a number of players picking up injuries in last weekend’s draw with Munster, Ulster boss Neil Doak has made a(...)

Iain Henderson has been cleared by a disciplinary committee agfter he was sent off during Ulster’s 23-23 draw with Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster and Ireland received excellent news in that Iain Henderson has had the red card he received for an incident in the Guinness Pro12 game (...)

“Iain Henderson went off his feet but I think it would be harsh to say he launched himself at Ronan O’Mahony.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Iain Henderson paid a very high price on Saturday against Munster. I’m not saying Nigel Owens was wrong to send him off but the reality is that if eve(...)

Ulster’s Iain Henderson faces disciplinary hearing in Wales today after being sent off against Munster on Saturday. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster find out today whether they will be without Iain Henderson for the remainder of their Guinness Pro 12 campaign. The 23-year-old, who faces a d(...)