Simon Easterby has been named Ireland forwards coach.  Photograph: Inpho

Simon Easterby has been confirmed as the new Ireland forwards coach by the IRFU. The former Ireland flanker joins from Scarlets, having been he(...)

Munster’s Robin Copeland (right) was outstanding for the Irish team in the IRB Nations Cup Bucharest. Photograph: ©INPHO/FFR.RO

Ireland 51 Uruguay 3While not a procession like Friday’s dismissal of Russia, the Emerging Ireland team were always in control of their second Nations(...)

Rory Best leaves the pitch with Paul O’Connell following Saturday’s first Test win over Argentina. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

The Ulster players only heard the seismic news of David Humphreys ending his 22-year association with the province as a legendary out half and (...)

Ireland’s Chris Henry described the enforced retirement of Ulster and Ireland colleague and friend Stephen Ferris as a terrible loss for both  club and country. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s been a while coming, some four years since his debut in June 2010 against Australia. For sure, Seán O’Brien’s absence has been a major factor but(...)

Rob Kearney makes sure he gets plenty of rest on the business class flight to Buenos Aires ahead of the Test series against Argentina. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish squad touched down in Buenos Aires yesterday and after a build-up which saw three late withdrawals on the playing front and the announcement(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell pictured outside the Emperador Hotel in Buenos Aires on Monday after the Ireland  squad arrived in Argentina. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell insists the decision by forwards coach John Plumtree to return to New Zealand will not impact on their two-match tour o(...)

Forwards coach John Plumtree letting the media know of his plans to return home to work in New Zealand after the Ireland tour to Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In news that came as both a disappointment and a bombshell to the Ireland squad, John Plumtree has chosen to return home after the tour to Argentina f(...)

John Plumtree during lineout throwing practice earlier this year. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

John Plumtree will leave his role as Ireland’s forwards coach after the summer tour of Argentina in order to be closer to his family in New Zealand. H(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner in action against Ulster in their RaboDirect Pro12 play-off semi-final at the RDS earlier this month.

Greatest compliment that can be offered to Devin Toner is nobody laments the departure of Nathan Hines and Brad Thorn, or even the imminent retiremen(...)

Mike McCarthy at a Leinster Rugby press conference: “I really want to go on the tour as everyone does but I don’t think I can look any further than my form for Leinster and a strong finish to the season.” Photograph: Inpho .  ,

Mike McCarthy bears just the faintest trace of a mark from an incident last January when he was the victim of a s(...)