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(...)

Munster’s Donnacha Ryan: reports suggest the secondrow may well move to the Exiles. Photograph: Inpho

Reports in Britain claim London Irish are now targeting Ireland’s Donnacha Ryan after Ulster prop Tom Court announced he would play in the Madejski(...)

New Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.

Joe Schmidt yesterday announced his first training squad as the new Irish coach.Given Ireland used 48 players last season, a 10-match itinerary ravage(...)

Mike McCarthy has spent part of the summer familiarising himself with the south Dublin coastline and, in particular, the delights of swimming in Sa(...)

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 (...)

Jamie Hagan made a big impression at Leinster before his departure to London Irish.

Jamie Hagan’s career appeared to be in free-fall. Effectively replaced at Leinster by Michael Bent last November, and without the offer of a contract (...)

Rory Best will captain Ireland on the tour. Photograph: Inpho

Les Kiss, Ireland’s interim head coach, will be part of Joe Schmidt’s management team on a three year contrac(...)

 Ian Madigan is presented with his award by Damien Daly (marketing director, Bank of Ireland Group) on Saturday night.

Ian Madigan was named as the Bank of Ireland Leinster Players Player of the Year at the Mansion House on Saturday night. A graduate of the pro(...)

Ireland's Paddy Jackson and Ian Madigan will go head-to-head when Leinster host Ulster at the RDS this evening. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster v Ulster, RDS 6.15pm (Live: RTE2/BBC NI) Short of the broad sweep of interest in the outcome and how the sides hang a week befor(...)

Leinster tighthead prop Jamie Hagan has joined London Irish on a three-year deal. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

London Irish have signed Leinster tighthead prop Jamie Hagan on a three-year deal. The 25-year-old former Gormanston College pupil came t(...)