Jack McGrath could be central to Ireland’s World Cup plans should Cian Healy be deemed unfit to play. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Boldness may have to come into Joe Schmidt’s repertory as he seizes upon options over the weekend and a 31-man squad to travel to the World Cup. This(...)

Jamie Cudmore in his eye-catching footwear in the Champions Cup final against Toulon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont lock Jamie Cudmore drew some attention in the build-up to the European Rugby Champions Cup final for his choice of footwear. Laced high above(...)

Munster outhalf Ian Keatley, with James Cronin in support, is tackled by Nick Abendanon during Saturday evening’s match at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 9 ASM Clermont Auvergne 16It ended as it always does in Limerick; with a heroic act. This time from Clermont Auvergne captain Damien Chouly.Mu(...)

 Clermont’s Fritz Lee leads the  celebrations  after the final whistle of the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Munster  at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne number eight Fritz Lee may be cited for repeatedly punching Munster captain Peter O’Mahony in the 10th minute of the 16-9 victory a(...)

Munster’s Denis Hurley and Pat Howard tackle Aurelien Rougerie of  Clermont Auvergne during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 9 ASM Clermont Auvergne 16 Clermont Auvergne just provided a lesson to others on how to stack Thomond Park. The first French club to win in L(...)

Munster’s Paul’Connell will have his own hands full as his side take on Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

To think that we could have missed out on this. The next two weekends of the traditional back-to-back pre-Christmas games could define European Cha(...)

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(...)