Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald tackles Greig Tonks of Edinburgh at the RDS last month. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The No 13 debate, and need to fill that void, has been reignited by Matt O’Connor selecting Luke Fitzgerald at outside centre for Sunday’s arduous yet(...)

Dave Kearney returns from his cruciate ligament tear. Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jordi Murphy and Dave Kearney will both make their much-anticipated returns from injury as Leinster travel to Treviso on Sunday. Matt O’Connor welcome(...)

“He’s a bloke who’s been around the traps and has proven he can do a job at the top level and is going to be invaluable for us over the next three months.” – Matt O’Connor on Jamie Hagan. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster have announced the signing of prop Jamie Hagan from London Irish on a three-month loan deal ahead of Sunday’s trip to Italy to face Benetton (...)

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(...)