Munster’s Robin Copeland is tackled by Dragons’ Lewis Evans during the Guinness Pro 12 match at  Rodney Parade. Photograph:  Simon King/Inpho

Dragons 12 Munster 38Duncan Casey took his chance as a late call-up into the Munster starting line-up as he scored two tries in their bonus-point win (...)

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin   Ireland vs Georgia, Stuart Olding runs in for a try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Darren Cave, Craig Gilroy and Stuart Olding, have all been released by Ireland and will start for Ulster against Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium tomorr(...)

 Ireland’s Dave Kilcoyne scores a try despite the attentions of  David Kacharava of Georgia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/ Inpho 5:37

Ireland 49 Georgia 7 This was always the worry. Even the All Blacks, having been completely redesigned for yesterday’s narrow escape in Murrayf(...)

Rory Best is back running in training after a calf strain but is unlikely to play against Georgia on Sunday. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA

On the premise that Gordon D’Arcy was ruled out of the Ireland team to play South Africa for being unfit to train 10 days before the game, Jared Payne(...)

Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson: will be aware of competition for the number 10 jersey from Ian Humphreys. Photograph: Inpho

  When Ulster last took leave of the Guinness Pro 12, with a stirring unlocking of Glasgow’s defence, it seemed like anything was possible(...)

Former Ireland under-20 centre Rory Scannell starts at number 12 for Munster. Photograph: Inpho.

  Cardiff Blues v Munster Arms Park, 5.15pm Sky Sports 2 Glancing ahead to the November internationals plenty can be inferred fro(...)

Ian Madigan kicks the penalty that put Leinster into a winning lead in  their European Champions Cup match against Castres in France at weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The European Champions Cup hasn’t exactly set the pulses racing just yet, has it? Maybe it was due to the nature of the arm wrestles that the Irish(...)

Ian Keatley made two of his six placed kicks as Munster beat Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Thomond Park. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Although he only landed two of six kicks at goal, thereby leaving 11 points behind, Ian Keatley’s all-round game was warmly praised by his coach Antho(...)

Munster prop David Kilcoyne after scoring his side’s try in the European Rugby Champions Cup game against Saracens at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 14 Saracens 3New tournament, same old Munster and now same old Thomond Park as well. After a few hiccups hereabouts in the league towards the (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt says Ulster centre Darren Cave is still on the radar for selection despite his absence from the autumn international squad. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has denied influencing provincial selection, rubbishing suggestions he has “blocked” Darren Cave’s path back to the Ireland squad. (...)