Leinster’s Ian Madigan will be facing Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud more often next season when he joins Bordeaux-Bègles. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the face of the ever increasing financial muscle of the French and English clubs, these are challenging times for Irish rugby. But amid a wave of c(...)

Paddy Jackson will not feature for Ireland against Wales after he was named in Ulster’s squad for their game against the Dragons on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Paddy Jackson is to miss out on Ireland’s squad for Sunday’s Six Nations opener against Wales after he was named in the Ulster 23 for their fixture on(...)

Not only does Simon Zebo “put bums on seats”, as Conor Murray said last week, but he sells shirts, as well as scores tries.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Fears that the departure of Ian Madigan and Marty Moore would precipitate further exits have been allayed. The flood has been stemmed to a trickle. (...)

Adam Byrne will make his second appearance for Leinster three years after his first. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Number crunching highlights the magnitude of the task facing Leinster as they look to clamber to the top of the Guinness Pro12 in the inhospitable su(...)

Conor Murray and Keith Earls have both signed new three-year IRFU deals that will keep them at Munster until the 2019 World Cup at least. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Keith Earls has rejected Saracens’ advances to sign a new three-year contact with Munster in a clear boost to Ireland’s battle to keep top talents on (...)

Marty Moore at Leinster training in UCD last week. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Marty Moore will not harm his Test career with Ireland by moving to Premiership club Wasps next term, according to Dai Young. Ireland’s performance d(...)

Keith Earls is reported to be joining Saracens from Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland and Munster back Keith Earls is on the verge of completing a move to English Premiership leaders Saracens, according to reports in the Irish I(...)

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton gets treatment before leaving the field injured in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wasps 51 Leinster 10 Twelve months since Johnny Sexton was stood down for 12 weeks by neurologist Dr Jean-François Cherman, concussion has revisited (...)

“We can’t afford to just throw Josh van der Flier (above), Gary Ringrose, Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey and promising Munster flanker Jack O’Donoghue into the Test match arena.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Talent will never be enough on its own. What characteristics are needed to make it as a professional rugby player? Bravery, naturally, and certain phy(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo is attracting the interest of clubs like Toulouse while tighthead prop Marty Moore is leaving Leinster for Wasps in the English Premiership. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“I mean, let’s look at the margins that they’re losing these games by. No one’s being blown off the park.” – David Nucifora, the IRFU Performance Dire(...)