Graduating from the academy: Furlong proved his mettle in the 2012 World Cup in South Africa where he played in all 10 games. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Such is the nature of things that, as a prop and particularly as a tighthead, Tadhg Furlong has had to bide his time compared to Irish under-20 bac(...)

Former Ireland winger Denis Hickie in Dublin with the “To Big To Miss” advertising board to promote the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: onEdition

This interview with Denis Hickie was to promote next year’s rugby World Cup in England and Wales. We met in the Central Hotel on Exchequer street. It (...)

Rodney Ah You relaxs in Resistancia ahead of today’s Test against Argentina. It would be a dereliction of duty on Joe Schmidt’s part not to avail of Irish-qualified players. Photograph: Inpho

Something sucks about IRB Regulation 8. Governing international eligibility, it stipulates a player may represent a country in three ways, namely by d(...)

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(...)

Mike Ross may get the nod over Marty Moore at tighthead for the RaboDirect Pro 12 final against Glasgow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Indications are that Leinster coach Matt O’Connor will make three changes to the starting XV that beat Ulster for Saturday’s Pro 12 final against Gla(...)

Rated as doubtful earlier in the week, Mike McCarthy could yet feature for Leinster against Ulster in their RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final. Photograph:Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whereas Ulster are expected to be strengthened by the return of Ruan Pienaar and Rory Best, Leinster’s hand has been weakened by the loss of Richardt (...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien is tackled by Alasdair Dickinson of Edinburgh during the RaboDirect Pro12 game at the  RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 15 Edinburgh 13: There’s a strong argument for this being Leinster’s worst showing of the entire campaign. But they survived to finish top of(...)

Matt O’Connor was yesterday adamant that Saturday’s match-winner, Brian O’Driscoll, didn’t suffer concussion. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:58

Leinster and Munster emerged grateful for seemingly emerging relatively unscathed from their annual warm-up for the Heineken Cup knock-out stag(...)

Munster have made 10 changes from last week to the side that travels to Aviva on Saturday to face Leinster in the Pro12 derby. Captain P(...)

Cian Healy celebrating Ireland’s RBS Six  Nations Championship  victory after the win over France in Paris. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster have acute problems at prop with Cian Healy the latest doubt for Saturday’s Pro 12 match against Munster at the Aviva(...)