Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “Tthe All Blacks would tbe nice but South Africa and Australia will be challenging enough.” Photo: Dan Sheridan

On the face of it, this looks almost like the perfect storm. About the only redeeming feature is that an injury ravaged Ireland are not facing the All(...)

 Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw looks set to start at outside centre against South Africa in Dublin on November 8th.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Joe Schmidt sent out mixed messages regarding the identity of the player to fill the number 13 jersey against South Africa on Saturday week, though ap(...)

Ruan Pienaar will undergo a fitness test in Dublin next week ahead of South Africa’s opening game of their European tour against Ireland. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some good news for Leinster in yesterday’s 36-man Springbok squad for the European tour that begins in Dublin on November 8th as Heyneke Meyer has (...)

Paddy Jackson kicks the ball for Ulster. The outhalf faces Toulon’s Matt Giteau when Toulon visit Belfast for their Rugby Champions Cup match. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Ulster coach Neil Doak, has made two changes to the team that lost to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road last week in the first round of the Rugby Ch(...)

Toulon’s outhalf Matt Giteau  is tackled by Llanelli Scarlets’ full back Liam Williams during last week’s  European  Champions Cup clash at  the Mayol stadium in Toulon,  France. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/Getty

I’ve long been a fan of Saracens’ sub outhalf Charlie Hodgson. He was sensational in London’s Allianz Park in January facilitating a monster victory o(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt hoping to find a successor to Brian O’Driscoll this autumn. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Joe Schmidt has confirmed that Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne are the two front-runners to assume the number 13 jersey vacated by you-know-who, but(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt says Ulster centre Darren Cave is still on the radar for selection despite his absence from the autumn international squad. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has denied influencing provincial selection, rubbishing suggestions he has “blocked” Darren Cave’s path back to the Ireland squad. (...)

Connacht fullback Darragh Leader has been called up to Ireland’s 37-man squad for the autumn internationals. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ian Keatley has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s 37-man squad for the autumn internationals with Ulster’s Paddy Jackson missing out on s(...)

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan goes over in the RDS yesterday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 2:07

Maintaining a recurring theme from the opening weekend of the European Champions Cup, Leinster began brightly against English opposition, lost their w(...)

Ulster’s Paul Marshall in action against  Glasgow. “He’s super-talented, sharp and very busy with a lightning pass off both hands and over the weeks he’s adding a great kicking game.” Photo: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye/Inpho

‘I stand bad news better than uncertainty’ is a statement Germany’s football manager Joachim Löw may have uttered late Tuesday evening. But it was in (...)