Kevin McLaughlin playing for Ireland for the last time, against New Zealand in 2013. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“I carried the ball into contact again, leading with my shoulder, and was out cold. There was no impact to my head.” Edinburgh against Le(...)

Luke McGrath of Leinster passes the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Bath and Leinster at the Recreation Ground. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

“Success is failure turned inside out; the silver tint in the clouds of doubt. And you never call tell how close you are; it might be near w(...)

Kieran Marmion has signed a new two-year deal with Connacht. Photograph: inpho

Connacht have announced scrumhalf Kieran Marmion has signed a new two-year deal with the Pro 12 leaders. The 23-year-old, a product of the province’s (...)

Leinster’s Seán Cronin is looking forward to coming up against Ulster’s Rory Best this weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster sat down and had what might constitute an emergency meeting after their second pool defeat in Europe last week. The squad met on Sunday fol(...)

Charles Piutau runs at the Leinster defence. Piutau is one of a number of excellent signings made by Wasps in the summer. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sport being a business, the first thing that came to mind after Sunday’s game at the RDS was Dai Young had the opposite pre-season experience to Le(...)

Ireland last took on New Zealand in November 2013. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

The Irish rugby team is to break new ground by playing New Zealand in Chicago next November, with a return fixture against the back-to-back World Cup (...)

Seán Cronin’s World Cup started well with a try against Canada but ended with him being left out of the matchday squads against France and Argentina. Photograph: Stuart Forster/Getty Images.

Comebacks in sport more often end in tears than glory. Career obituaries around the world are littered with them, stories that fail to reignite. Th(...)

Clontarf’s Matt D’Arcy scores a try against Galwegians. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clontarf maintained their presence at the top of Ulster Bank League Division 1A, holding off a strong second half challenge from Galwegians to run out(...)

Clontarf’s Dermot O’Meara tries to slip the attempted tackle of Galwegians’  Barry Lee during the Ulster Bank League Division 1A match against Galwegians at Castle Avenue. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster Bank League round-up: Clontarf maintained their presence at the top of Division 1A, holding off a strong second-half challenge from Galwegians (...)

 Warren Gatland: he has won two Grand Slams with Wales but struggled to make an impression in this year’s World Cup. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Wales coach Warren Gatland has told New Zealand radio he will step down after the next World Cup. “I’m here until 2019 and the plan for me then is de(...)