Pro 12 holders Leinster celebrate defeating Glasgow Warriors in the final last season. Photograph: Inpho

JOHN O’SULLIVAN The official announcement of Guinness as the new sponsors of the Pro 12 tournament took place in tandem with the release of the fixtu(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll, Leinster leaves the pitch against Glasgow Warriors, in last season’s  Pro12 final in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Guinness were officially confirmed today as the new sponsors of the Pro12 tournament succeeding Dutch on line bank RaboDirect, who had given their nam(...)

Tania Rosser back after four year retirement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tania Rosser is a surprise yet invigorating addition to Ireland’s World Cup squad ahead of next month’s tournament in Marcoussis, just outside Paris. (...)

Mark Anscombe: had signed a one-year extension to his contract in February that would have kept him in situ until the end of the 2014-2015 season. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The niceties dictate that the phrase ‘parted company’ is employed but effectively Ulster have sacked Mark Anscombe. The New Zealander did not know wh(...)

Mark Anscombe has left Ulster despite extending his contract as recently as February. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster have parted ways with their coach, Mark Anscombe, coming less than a month after the Irish province’s director of rugby David Humphreys left to(...)

Ireland defence coach Les Kiss is looking for significant improvement in the second Test against Argentina.

Aside from not rewarding visits deep into the Pumas’ 22 with scores, by far the most disappointing aspect of the Irish performance in last Saturday’s (...)

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(...)

Ireland under-20 coach Mike Ruddockhas given Jack O’Donoghue the captaincy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

IRB Junior World Championship Ireland v France, QBE Stadium, Auckland (KO: Monday 6.35am Irish Time)Ireland face into their first match of the Under 2(...)

IRB Junior World Championship Ireland v France, QBE Stadium, Auckland (KO: Monday 6.35am Irish Time)Ireland face into their first match of the Under 2(...)

Winger Andrew Trimble crosses to score Ireland’s  second try during their Six Nations victory at the Stade de France, Paris, France, on Saturday evening. Photograph: PA

Success is failure turned inside out, with France’s sublime final attacking flurry worthy of winning any match. But the hunger in Ireland’s def(...)