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(...)

Ian Madigan, who may play at outhalf on Friday for the Wolfhounds, will be looking to bounce back after uncharacteristically missing four kicks against Wasps. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As Joe Schmidt seeks a solution to his outhalf problem for the first of the Six Nations Championship games in Rome, Irish management will look to Ian (...)

 Kieran Marmion breaks free to scores his Connacht’s opening try against La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 6. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has received some encouraging news with the last scrumhalf standing, Connacht’s Kieran Marmion, fit to train this week with the Irish s(...)