Simon Zebo breaks clear of the Argentina defence to score Ireland’s first try during the second Test in Tucumán, Argentina. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Argentina 17 Ireland 23: Ireland huffed and puffed in the clammy Tucumán air of north eastern Argentina to eventually complete a slightly laboured (...)

Simon Zebo in action against Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan.

Despite emerging with an apparently clean bill of health from a bruising and sapping first test win in Residencia, true to Joe Schmidt’s word in gi(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the announcement of the squad to tour Argentina next month. Photograph: Inpho

As ever with Joe Schmidt, there were perfectly rational arguments for all his selections yesterday and one can be absolutely sure the merits of every (...)

Ulster’s Michael Heaney avoids the tackles of Munster’s Casey Laulala and Felix Jones to score a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 17 Ulster 19: Ulster would have taken most of the encouragement and the plaudits from this encounter long before the end, but as it transpired(...)

Former IRA man Brendan Hughes, in Long Kesh prison with Gerry Adams. Hughes featured in the oral history project. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress

Boston College in the US is to hand back the tapes which formed part of its Belfast Project to those interviewed for it. The decision follows the arre(...)

 JJ Hanrahan trained separately from the Munster team with physio Colm Fuller during the week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan has made a miraculous recovery from a torn groin to take his place among the replacements for the Irish province’s Heinek(...)

Munster head coach  Rob Penney: “The one thing that I’d like to think the Munster boys have now is a belief in themselves.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

After beating Toulouse, Rob Penney revealed they had seen consistent pictures of where they could attack the four-time champions. Exhausting them t(...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan has made ‘miraculous’ progress in his recovery from a groin tear, according to Rob Penney. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Except for long-term casualties, such as Peter O’Mahony and Mike Sherry, Rob Penney hopes to draw from a relatively strong squad for Sunday’s daunt(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll goes over for the game’s only try against Munster in the RaboDirect Pro 12 clash at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:58

Leinster 22 Munster 18: The story? Brian O’Driscoll of course. When has it not be(...)

Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross:  “It’s very fine margins get you selected at this level.”  Photograph: Inpho

Slamming into the provincial ceiling they may be but Munster are growing loosehead props again. James Cronin started in Perpignan last December(...)