Wexford native Tadhg Furlong has won all his four Ireland caps from the replacements bench. Photograph: AFP.

The likelihood is that Tadhg Furlong will win his fifth cap on Saturday in Paris and, like his previous four, it will be off the bench. His fourth, l(...)

Rhys Ruddock replaced Tommy O’Donnell during Ireland’s Six Nations draw with Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland have proved they can still set the Six Nations standard, even without a raft of injured frontline stars, according to Rhys Ruddock. Flanker (...)

Munster duo Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander both start for Ireland against Wales on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are the latest senior players ruled out of the opening Six Nations match against a well-stocked Welsh side. The Lei(...)

Ireland captain Rory Best at squad training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien has emerged as a significant doubt for Ireland’s opening defence of their RBS Six Nations title against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The(...)

Ireland and Leinster prop Cian Healy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cian Healy is considering an offer to join Worcester Warriors, and the three-year deal being offered to the Irish loosehead, who is out of contract a(...)

Not only does Simon Zebo “put bums on seats”, as Conor Murray said last week, but he sells shirts, as well as scores tries.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Fears that the departure of Ian Madigan and Marty Moore would precipitate further exits have been allayed. The flood has been stemmed to a trickle. (...)

 Head coaches Jacques Brunel (Italy), Warren Gatland (Wales), Joe Schmidt (Ireland), Eddie Jones (England), Guy Noves (France) and Vern Cotter (Scotland) at the Six Nations launch. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s reasoned argument about the virtues of players committing to the provinces rather than being enticed to foreign shores carried an added (...)

Conor Murray and Keith Earls have both signed new three-year IRFU deals that will keep them at Munster until the 2019 World Cup at least. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Keith Earls has rejected Saracens’ advances to sign a new three-year contact with Munster in a clear boost to Ireland’s battle to keep top talents on (...)

Marty Moore at Leinster training in UCD last week. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Marty Moore will not harm his Test career with Ireland by moving to Premiership club Wasps next term, according to Dai Young. Ireland’s performance d(...)

Keith Earls is reported to be joining Saracens from Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland and Munster back Keith Earls is on the verge of completing a move to English Premiership leaders Saracens, according to reports in the Irish I(...)