Luke Marshall at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Luke Marshall has had his problems. Concussion followed by concussion along with Gordon D’Arcy’s refusal to go quietly into the international wildern(...)

 Gordon D’Arcy could wear the number 13 jersey for Ireland acording to David Wallace. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Gordon D’Arcy could prove Ireland boss Joe Schmidt’s surprise choice to succeed Brian O’Driscoll at outside centre.Ireland’s Kiwi coach must quickly s(...)

South Africa’s Springboks Ruan Pienaar leaves the field during their Rugby Championship match against New Zealand’s All Blacks at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

The extent of the medial ligament damage to Ruan Pienaar’s knee, an injury sustained while playing for South Africa against New Zealand on Saturday w(...)

Former Ireland winger Denis Hickie in Dublin with the “To Big To Miss” advertising board to promote the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: onEdition

This interview with Denis Hickie was to promote next year’s rugby World Cup in England and Wales. We met in the Central Hotel on Exchequer street. It (...)

 Jared Payne: selected at outside centre against the Scarlets.  Photograph: Billy Stickland

Scarlets v Ulster Parc y Scarlets, 2.40pm Sky Sports 1 In the brave new world of the Guinness Pro12 and Sky Sports, this is the first of the (...)

Franco Van Der Merwe is one of three players making his competitive bow for Ulster tomorrow.

Llanelli Scarlets v Ulster (Parc Y Scarlets, kick-off 2.40pm, Live on Sky Sports) The sub-text to Ulster’s first match of the season under i(...)

Franco van der Merwe, Louis Ludik and Tommy Bowe at Ravenhill on Wednesday night for the launch of the new kit for the season. Photograph: Inpho

Ordinarily it would have just been a run-of-the mill shirt launch for Ulster’s new season but then things have hardly been functioning that normally (...)

Of all the the emerging young players on the tour of Argentina, the one  who made the biggest impression on Joe Schmidt was flanker  Rhys Ruddock. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a small, relatively throwaway remark but it was worth noting nonetheless. “This was my first tour,” Joe Schmidt reminded us, and you forget, fo(...)

Rodney Ah You relaxs in Resistancia ahead of today’s Test against Argentina. It would be a dereliction of duty on Joe Schmidt’s part not to avail of Irish-qualified players. Photograph: Inpho

Something sucks about IRB Regulation 8. Governing international eligibility, it stipulates a player may represent a country in three ways, namely by d(...)

Darren Cave: “My expectation of Darren Cave is that he continues to be the really clever player that he is,” said Ireland coach Joe Schmidt ahead of tomorrow’s first Test against Argentina. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When the posse of contenders to assume occupancy of the number 13 jersey was first listed, Darren Cave was relatively well down the betting. Even Ulst(...)