Ulster team mates Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar could face up against each other when Ireland play the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday night. Photograph: Inpho

Joe Schmidt and his coaching team have named their squad for Ireland’s friendly against the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday night. With (...)

If Leinster had progressed in the Champions Cup against Toulon it’s unlikely this would have been the season’s outcome. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Leinster took the decision to release Matt O’Connor from his position as head coach with the province, they’d have done so with a heavy heart.(...)

Ian Madigan: “I probably hope that’s in the 12 position and, if Johnny is unfit or unavailable for whatever reason, then I’d be ready to step in to the outhalf position.” Photograph: Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. So for Ian Madigan that represents the night of Thursday, May 28th when Ireland take on the Barbar(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan was man of the match against Edinburgh. Photo: Robert Perry/Inpho

It may have been a season of under-achievement for Leinster but the former European champions made sure of finishing their campaign on a winning note (...)

Leinster’s Noel Reid breaks free to score a try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Edinburgh at   Murrayfield. Photo: Robert Perry/Inpho

Edinburgh 23 Leinster 36 Edinburgh’s hopes of playing in the European Champions Cup next season were snuffed out when they lost 36-23 to a work(...)

“Sometimes the margins between winning and losing can be really small,” says Munster’s Paul O’Connell. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

The injection of importance which the new meritocratic European qualifying order has given the Guinness Pro12 is amply demonstrated by the ramificatio(...)

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 (...)

“I’ve always been able to be calm on the pitch,” says Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson. “I’ve learned over the years because I came in at a young age and I’ve had a lot of experience of ups and downs.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In primary school he drew out his future as only a child could do. It was fearless and unlikely, but left no room for doubt or questioning. It was a l(...)

Gordon D’Arcy is named on the bench for Leinster. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ian Madigan returns to the Leinster team as one of five changes for their Pro12 clash with Treviso on Friday evening in the RDS. That means Gordon D’A(...)

A teenage Gordon D’Arcy at Ireland squad training in 1998. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Inpho

First sight of Gordon D’Arcy was on his knees in the background. The snapshot from March 1995 is of Geordan Murphy, his predecessor in the art of evas(...)