Robbie Henshaw:  hopes to resume training on Thursday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jamie Cudmore will not feature against Ireland in Saturday’s final leg of the North American tour as the veteran Canadian lock has not recovered from (...)

New Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt pictured in Toronto. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jamie Cudmore will not feature against Ireland in Saturday’s final leg of the North American tour. The veteran Canadian lock has not recovered from th(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony runs at USA’s Mike Petri. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Ireland 15 USA 12Scary looking scoreline. In fairness, the professionalism of this extremely young Ireland team, with five new caps blooded over the (...)

Biarritz’s Taku Ngwenya chases down Ian Madigan during last month’s Challenge Cup semi-final. The pair are due to meet again on June 8th. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Both the US Eagles and Canada will be match hardened ahead of Ireland’s tour next month as they square off in the Pacific Nations Cup this Sat(...)

Vern Cotter: “For us, it is about being able to get fast ball, play a high tempo, keep them moving. That’s our basic game plan.” Photograph: Inpho

It’s easy to see how Vern Cotter and Joe Schmidt worked as a partnership. Unannounced and apologetically, we came at the 51-year-old New Zealan(...)

Ian Madigan will start at inside centre for Leinster against Biarritz. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After Jonny Sexton pointedly retook his position at Zebre six days ago, this week’s cautious rhetoric from Joe Schmidt about his two Leinster p(...)

Driven on by Vern Cotter’s steely focus, Clermont  have crushed all before them in Europe this season. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

After being part of the 59th team in a row to leave the Stade Marcel-Michelin battered, bruised and beaten, a subdued Thierry Dusautoir said th(...)

Clermont Auvergne’s Jamie Cudmore is sent off following an incident with Munster’s Paul O’Connell in 2008. The two will renew acquittances on Saturday. Photograph:  James Crombie /Inpho

Paul O’Connell not only kicked the ball and Dave Kearney’s head but, as much by dint of what he said afterwards, he became the man who kicked t(...)