Ireland captain Paul O’Connell arrives for training at Carlton House today.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.  0:52

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will lead his country against Wales in the Six Nations Championship match at the Aviva stadium on Saturday.The Munster (...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney scores the third  try against Scotland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire 3:19

Ireland 28 Scotland 6It was a curious afternoon, one initially pockmarked by frustration as Ireland huffed and puffed their way through the opening 40(...)

Ireland captain  Paul O’Connell has been ruled out of the game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will miss this afternoon’s Six Nations match against Scotland (3pm kick-off) through illness. Dan Tuohy will now start (...)

  Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll his  try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 40 Northampton Saints 7: Turns out the sum of Northampton’s parts is nowhere near the plain Leinster exist upon. By the 37th minute this g(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony jumps to win a high ball in the early stages of the match against Samoa on Saturday in which the home side, despite a patchy 

performance, emerged victorious. 

Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 40 Samoa 9: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt agreed with the analogy that the side had spent the last two weeks cramming for their first exam under h(...)

Leinster’s Jonny Sexton celebrates with the trophy. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire.

Leinster 24 Ulster 18 : The big call in this Rabo Pro 12 final was made by Ulster(...)

Jamie Heaslip is the leading ball carrier in European rugby with 95 carries.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The season of wounded soldiers continues. Both suffering from dodgy calves, an awfully annoying injury to remedy, the absence of Seán O’Brien an(...)

Ireland's Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty

The final whistle was greeted by an anguished groan that emanated from the bowels of a saturated Aviva stadium. It was a deeply unsatisfactory (...)