Andrew Conway (right) scored three tries in the first half of the game against Russia, while Ian Keatley (left) scored a try and kicked five conversions. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Emerging Ireland 66 Russia 0 (Match abandoned, Ireland awarded points): The thunder and lightning provided a welcome relief from this non-event in Buc(...)

Stuart McCloskey: the highly-rated Ulster centre will be in action for Emerging Ireland against Russia. Photo: Kevin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland’s participation in the IRB Nations Cup – they played in the Tiblisi Cup last year – is fundamentally to secure a competitive outlet for what m(...)

Leinster’s  Dominic Ryan(right) will captain Emerging Ireland against Russia in Bucharest in their opening    Nations Cup game. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

In what can genuinely be considered an Emerging Ireland squad, Dan McFarland has named 10 uncapped players in the starting XV to face Russia in Friday(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Sam Windsor share a laugh at Leinster training in UCD. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Professional sports folk love controlling those pesky controllables. It’s, like, their thing. So when Matt O’Connor was presented with a number of (...)

Leinster’s Mike McCarthy will captain the Emerging Ireland squad at the IRB  Nations Cup in June. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Five full internationals have been named in a 26-strong Emerging Ireland squad for the three game IRB Nations Cup in Romania in mid-June.Connacht’s Da(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with Ian Madigan and Paddy Jackson during an Ireland squad training session at Carton House last November.

Spondylolysis has reopened the Test window for Ian Madigan. Paddy Jackson joined up with the Ireland squad for this week’s two-day camp in Dublin but(...)

 Paddy Jackson  could be forced to miss Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina. Photograph: James Crombie

Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson will miss Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina after suffering a stress fracture to his lower back.Jackson had been named a(...)

Munster  strike runner  Simon Zebo will be seeing more of Glasgow Warriors’  Sean Maitland and Peter Murchie in tonight’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at Scotstoun. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sentiment is rarely afforded more than standing room in professional sport, a place in the wings, far removed from centre stage. Munster won’t have co(...)

Conor Murray and Ian Keatley receive instructions from Munster head coach Rob Penney during training this week. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster have drafted Conor Murray, Keith Earls, CJ Stander and BJ Botha back into their starting line-up for tomorrow night’s Rabo Pro12 semi-final in(...)

Ulster’s Michael Heaney avoids the tackles of Munster’s Casey Laulala and Felix Jones to score a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 17 Ulster 19: Ulster would have taken most of the encouragement and the plaudits from this encounter long before the end, but as it transpired(...)