Iain Henderson will replace the injured Peter O’Mahony against Italy. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One enforced change for Ireland then. But an Italian XV without the “rested” Sergio Parisse is today’s real story. That can be compared (...)

Leinster’s Darragh Fanning tries to escape the clutches of Rob Harley of Glasgow: Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 28 Glasgow Warriors 25 Leinster went top of the Pro 12 leag(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell warms up for training this afternoon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has named the starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations showdown with England, with the only changes coming on the replacements b(...)

Luke Fitzgerald had been named on the left wing for Leinster’s Pro12 clash away to the Cardiff Blues. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald has been named in the Leinster starting XV for Thursday night’s Pro12 trip to play Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park (8.05pm). Fit(...)

 Richardt Strauss finds his man during a Leinster run-out.

Luke Fitzgerald’s abdominal-adductor strain is refusing to comply with demands for a yes or no answer in relation to a (...)

Luke Fitzgerald takes a watching brief at a recent Irish training session. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In a perfect world Luke Fitzgerald and Eoin Reddan would be deemed fit enough to line out for Leinster at home to the Dragons tomorro(...)

Ireland’s Cian Healy celebrates as Chris Henry scores a try against Wales in the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 26 Wales 3It was victory was based on the earthier qualities, a homily to a simple game-plan based on territory, a good kick-chase, a dynamic(...)

Cardiff number eight Robin Copeland could be in line for a place on the Irish bench against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Conor Murray insists there is still a fierce battle for Ireland’s Six Nations scrumhalf berth despite Eoin Reddan’s calf strain.Leinster halfback Red(...)

Eoin Reddan injured his calf muscle during training and will have to sit out the squad sessions over the next few days.

Eoin Reddan has been sidelined for the week and is highly unlikely to play any part in Ireland’s opening Six Nations championship match against Scotla(...)

Leinster prop Martin Moore is in line to make his Ireland debut in the Six Nations opener against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has included three uncapped forwards in his 34-man squad for Sunday’s opening Six Nations clash with Scotland and the hom(...)

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