Jamie Heaslip: proud to be captaining Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Exactly a year tomorrow Ireland will face Canada in the opening match of their World Cup campaign. A long time in days and weeks but not so long when (...)

“All things being equal, Schmidt would pitch up against France on October 11th with a team closely resembling the starting XV that kicked off the Six Nations-clinching win in Paris.” Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images.

The World Cup opening ceremony and first match, between England and Fiji at Twickenham, is a year away tomorrow, with Ireland’s opener against Cana(...)

 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(...)

Irish outhalf Jonathan Sexton in action for Racing Metro 92. It is also believed Toulon and Racing Metro 92 were offering in the region of €900,000 to keep Sexton in France. Photograph: Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton’s commercial agreement with Denis O’Brien, which played a significant role in bringing the Ireland outhalf back to Leinster next seas(...)

Graduating from the academy: Furlong proved his mettle in the 2012 World Cup in South Africa where he played in all 10 games. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Such is the nature of things that, as a prop and particularly as a tighthead, Tadhg Furlong has had to bide his time compared to Irish under-20 bac(...)

Former Ulster coach Mark Anscombe in Ravenhill last season. But who will replace interim coach Les Kiss when he returns to the national squad? Photograph:  Brian Little/Presseye/Inpho

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne says there is not a problem in Ulster rugby. With interim coach Les Kiss soon to leave to rejoin Joe Schmidt in the(...)

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 (...)

The Irish team which is competing in the World University Championships in France this weekend.

Ireland compete at the World University Championships in Gravelines in France this weekend with a reasonable prospect of at least one medal. The ligh(...)

Wembley: Ireland will play at the renowned stadium for the first time when they take on Romania in their Pool D tie on Sunday, September 27th. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

The World Cup is still the lifespan of a worker bee away so don’t panic; tomorrow’s release of tickets for sale is not a grab-all-you-can moment. The (...)

Simon Zebo (right) in action during the Guinness Pro 12 loss to Edinburgh at  Thomond Park in Limerick. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Winger Simon Zebo said that Munster can’t start feeling sorry for themselves that they were turned over at home in the first of the season and that th(...)