Leinster’s Ian Madigan says battle for places is intense. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

He is 26-years-old. By the time the next World Cup arrives he will be 30. There is no sense that Ian Madigan is panicking. He is over the first selec(...)

Ian Keatley has been left out of Ireland’s 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Notable absentees from Schmidt’s squad include Ian Kea(...)

 Isa Nacewa: “Leinster was the one club I wanted to play for and when the opportunity arose I just jumped at it.” Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Isa Nacewa turned down an unofficial approach to resume his playing career during his time with the Auckland Blues but when Leinster made inquiries ea(...)

Highlanders assistant coach   Tony Brown  has emerged as the leading candidate to take over at Leinster next season. Photo:  Rob Jefferies/Getty Images

Former All Black outhalf Tony Brown has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next Leinster head coach. The 40-year-old, who only retired in 20(...)

Northampton’s Dylan Hartley tussles with Saracens’ Jamie George and Jacques Burger during the Aviva Premiership semi final. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s not so long ago that rugby discipline was a messy business. Tit for tat citings. Or none, depending on what nod and wink might have been exchange(...)

Joe Schmidt says the experience of Less Kiss will be invaluable when selecting Ireland’s squad for this year’s World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

In the aftermath of the disappointing Irish performance and defeat to the Barbarians in Thomond Park on Thursday night, Joe Schmidt gave little pointe(...)

Barbarians’ Wynand Oliver and Gerhard Vosloo tackle Ireland’s Colm O’Shea during the friendly match at Thomond Park.

Joe Schmidt admitted any prospective citing against Jack McGrath for his 32nd minute knee into the back of the Barbarians’ Georgian lock Konstantin Mi(...)

Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

Irish Rugby Captain’s Run at Thomond Park: Colm O’Shea and Luke McGrath. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has distanced himself from last week’s upheaval at Leinster which saw Matt O’Connor removed as head coach two years into his three year co(...)

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 (...)