South Africa’s Springboks Ruan Pienaar leaves the field during their Rugby Championship match against New Zealand’s All Blacks at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

The extent of the medial ligament damage to Ruan Pienaar’s knee, an injury sustained while playing for South Africa against New Zealand on Saturday w(...)

Former Ireland winger Denis Hickie in Dublin with the “To Big To Miss” advertising board to promote the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: onEdition

This interview with Denis Hickie was to promote next year’s rugby World Cup in England and Wales. We met in the Central Hotel on Exchequer street. It (...)

 Ireland’s Iain Henderson out until the turn of the year. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

A serious neck injury has ended Tyler Bleyendaal’s season with Munster before he has even set foot in the province, while Ireland’s Iain Henderson wi(...)

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(...)