Simon Zebo: “I feel really fresh now, excited and hopefully my best rugby will come out.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Excluding the natural skills of Simon Zebo from Ireland’s World Cup squad would shock. Not unlike Declan Kidney cutting Luke Fitzgerald in 2011, wh(...)

Cutting hair at Sam’s Barber’s on Ormond Quay in Dublin 3:42

Know a great barber? You can vote for your favourite barbershop in our Best Shops competition by clicking here.  Grooming is booming in Du(...)

Ian Keatley has been left out of Ireland’s 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Notable absentees from Schmidt’s squad include Ian Kea(...)

Luke Fitzgerald:  “It was a no-brainer to have the surgery.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald is 18 days into rehabilitation following shoulder surgery for an injury that dates back to a tackle on former Munster and New Zealande(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley appeared to have no luck at all in the early stages of the season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s been a tough first season for Anthony Foley and his newly assembled, indigenous coaching ticket. The leaked email intended for the management whi(...)

Gordon D’Arcy is named on the bench for Leinster. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ian Madigan returns to the Leinster team as one of five changes for their Pro12 clash with Treviso on Friday evening in the RDS. That means Gordon D’A(...)

Rhys Ruddock returns to Leinster training this week. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster winger Luke Fitzgerald should be back in contention for Ireland’s pre-World Cup test matches in August and September, with the province sayin(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald: Leinster forwards coach Leo Cullen said “He will certainly be out for the next two weeks. I don’t think it’s a World Cup issue.” Photograph: Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald will miss the final two matches of Leinster’s season after undergoing an operation to repair a tear to the labrum in his shoulder. He (...)

A teenage Gordon D’Arcy at Ireland squad training in 1998. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Inpho

First sight of Gordon D’Arcy was on his knees in the background. The snapshot from March 1995 is of Geordan Murphy, his predecessor in the art of evas(...)

Gordon D’Arcy’s announcement does not rule out the possibility of  a World Cup farewell. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been one of the stellar Irish rugby careers, for sure, and when the end of October comes and Gordon D’Arcy heads into the sunset he can do so (...)