Sean O’Brien will make his return to action for the Ireland Wolfhounds against England Saxons at Musgrave Park tomorrow night. (Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan)

There is a complex masterplan, we’re just not privy to it. Here’s what we do know. Keith Earls, not Luke Fitzgerald, is being looked at for outside(...)

Captains for Six Nations, clockwise from top: Paul O’Connell, Chris Robshaw, Thierry Dusautoir, Greig Laidlaw, Sam Warburton and Sergio Parisse. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 1:08

Two events – from a personnel perspective – will define the opening fortnight of Ireland’s Six Nations against Italy in Rome and France at the Aviva S(...)

Ian Madigan, who may play at outhalf on Friday for the Wolfhounds, will be looking to bounce back after uncharacteristically missing four kicks against Wasps. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As Joe Schmidt seeks a solution to his outhalf problem for the first of the Six Nations Championship games in Rome, Irish management will look to Ian (...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip is included on the EPCR longlist along with teammate Ian Madigan.

Jamie Heaslip and Ian Madigan have been included among the initial 15 nominees for the European Player of the Year after the conclusion of the group s(...)

Belvedere College  players celebrate in front of their fans after beating Blackrock College to win the 2005 Leinster Schools Senior Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

“Belvedere fuelled by inner belief”, was the headline in The Irish Times on March 18th, 2005. They had plenty of that, and needed it to beat Blackrock(...)

“Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” – Bruce LeeCathal Pendred is a fighter, no doubt abo(...)

Andy Goode of Wasps misses a drop goal in the last minute  to win the game. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps 20 Leinster 20 Rarely will an away draw to secure qualification for the last eight have felt so hollow, even if yesterday’s events woul(...)

Leinster player Dave Kearney receives treatment in the first minute of the game after being upended by Wasps flanker Ashley Johnson at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Dave Kearney and Eoin Reddan are likely to miss the start of Ireland’s Six Nations title defence after suffering injuries as Leinster squeaked through(...)

Fergus McFadden scores Leinster’s opening try in the European Champions Cup Pool Two game against Wasps at the  Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps 20 Leinster 20Having led 20-6 lead at half-time, at which point they should have been out of sight, Leinster let slip that winning platform to s(...)

Rarely has the Irish presence at Europe’s top table been so imperilled. As the last Irish team standing in the European Champions Cup, it is up to Lei(...)