Stuart McCloskey: the highly-rated Ulster centre will be in action for Emerging Ireland against Russia. Photo: Kevin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland’s participation in the IRB Nations Cup – they played in the Tiblisi Cup last year – is fundamentally to secure a competitive outlet for what m(...)

Munster  strike runner  Simon Zebo will be seeing more of Glasgow Warriors’  Sean Maitland and Peter Murchie in tonight’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at Scotstoun. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sentiment is rarely afforded more than standing room in professional sport, a place in the wings, far removed from centre stage. Munster won’t have co(...)

Seán Dougall is the meat in the sandwich as the Munster man is tackled by Connacht’s Craig Clarke and Dan Parks in last night’s game at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

MUNSTER 22, CONNACHT 16Munster scorers: Try: Hanrahan; Con: Hanrahan; Pens: Hanrahan (5)Connacht scorers: Try: Heffernan; Con: Parks; Pens: Parks (3)T(...)

Casey Laulala: one of only three Munster players to retain his place for game against Scarlets.

A lot may have gone in Munster’s favour in recent weeks but coach Rob Penney won’t have to look far for motivation this evening’s clash with Scarlets (...)

Dolphin’s Darren Sweetham scores his side’s crucial try against Cork Constitution at Musgrave Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Dolphin 14 Cork Constitution 9Darren Sweetnam helped Dolphin get their AIL Division 1A season back on track when his second-half try was the deciding (...)

Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll  eyes up the New Zealand All Black haka before  the ill-fated first Test match in Christchurch in  2005.

New Zealand 21Lions 3at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchJune 25th, 2005Bad and all as losing him within a minute of the kick-off was, the real psychological(...)

Old Belvedere’s Josh Eden and Kieran O’Gorman tackle  Graham Lawlor of Cork Constitution at Anglesea Road. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

OLD BELVEDERE and Cork Constitution played out a 3-3 draw in horrendous conditions in Saturday’s Ulster Bank League Division One A game at Anglesea R(...)

Ireland will have a new top-class rowing course within months. The eight-lane facility at Lough Rynn in Co Leitrim should be ready to stage domestic e(...)

Ian Keatley: lines out at number 10 against Edinburgh at Musgrave Park tonight. Photograph: Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney will have been reasonably satisfied with pre-season victories over Gloucester (28-17) and London Irish (27-13) but tonight’s(...)

Dublin manager Anthony Daly celebrates at the final whistle after his side’s victory over Limerick in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hurling League Division One B Final Dublin 1-16 Limerick 1-15 So, after three regular league seasons, Limerick's record stands at 1(...)