Connacht coach Pat Lam has had to utilise his full squad for the Pro12 game at Thomond Park against Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Guinness Pro12 Munster v Connacht Thomond Park, 5.15 Live on Sky Sports 1 Scanning Connacht’s injury list and it’s not difficult to see how Pat Lam(...)

Ian Madigan and Sean Cronin are set to return for Leinster in the Pro12. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster will review the fitness of the returning players from Ireland duty but would expect to be able to pick the majority, if not all, of those pla(...)

Stuart McCloskey has been banned for four weeks following his red card in Ulster’s 20-17 win over Edinburgh last Friday. (Photograph: ©INPHO/Presseye/Ian MacNicol)

Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey has been given a four week suspension following his red card in last Friday’s 20-17 Pro 12 win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield(...)

Tommy O’Donnell returns to the Munster starting line up for Saturday’s Pro 12 fixture against Scarlets. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Anthony Foley has named eight changes to his Munster side for Saturday’s game away at Scarlets, with the some of the province’s international cohort r(...)

Hooker Damien Varley made 121 appearances for Munster and won three caps for Ireland during his career. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster have confirmed the sad news that hooker Damien Varley has been forced to retire from rugby after failing to fully recover from a foot injury s(...)

Leinster scrumhalf Eoin Reddan in action during training at UCD. Photograph: Clive O’Donohoe/Inpho

The Leinster trio of Noel Reid, Richardt Strauss and Tom Denton have all been ruled out of Friday’s Guinness Pro 12 encounter with Zebre at the RDS du(...)

Scrumhalf Nick McCarthy was chosen by his teammates to lead the side this year

Tuesday, January 6th, a day of reckoning.It’s a little before 10am in the Lansdowne pavilion, a bright, crisp morning, but one where the mercury barel(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action: the scrumhalf has  been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Murray and Dave Kearney, two constants in last season’s victorious Six Nations side, have been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Sat(...)

Sean O’Brien will make his return to action for the Ireland Wolfhounds against England Saxons at Musgrave Park tomorrow night. (Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan)

There is a complex masterplan, we’re just not privy to it. Here’s what we do know. Keith Earls, not Luke Fitzgerald, is being looked at for outside(...)

Kieran Marmion: “Joe doesn’t really take any backward steps. When you are in here you really have to know what is going on. You have to know the detail. They won’t wait for you. That certainly does take some getting used to. You have to adapt quickly or else you get left behind.”

Isaac Boss has not started in a Six Nations match for over seven years. Eoin Reddan and Conor Murray are injury concerns with the Irish management moo(...)