Iain Henderson: returned to the Ireland squad as a replacement against England following his recuperation from a hip injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The good word of Joe spreads to Belfast today as a reduced 17-man Ireland squad conduct an open training session, ably assisted by the Ulster Academy,(...)

Stuart McCloskey has been banned for four weeks following his red card in Ulster’s 20-17 win over Edinburgh last Friday. (Photograph: ©INPHO/Presseye/Ian MacNicol)

Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey has been given a four week suspension following his red card in last Friday’s 20-17 Pro 12 win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald would love to make the match squad against England on Sunday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Luke Fitzgerald has learned to be less self-critical, the benefit of which can be measured, tangibly, in yet another high-calibre performance, one lib(...)

Jimmy Gopperth scored Leinster’s second try in their 29-8 win over Zebre at the RDS. (Photorgraph: INPHO/James Crombie)

Leinster 29 Zebre 9 Cian Healy finally made his appearance for the first time since September 2014. The Leinster prop and his now famous hamstr(...)

Hooker Damien Varley made 121 appearances for Munster and won three caps for Ireland during his career. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster have confirmed the sad news that hooker Damien Varley has been forced to retire from rugby after failing to fully recover from a foot injury s(...)

Richardt Strauss was one of three Leinster players forced off with a head injury during Sunday’s Pro 12 loss to Newport Gwent Dragons. (Photograph: INPHO/Colm O’Neill)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has no solution, it’s clear that nobody does, but the alarming rate of concussive injuries was evident at the RDS on Sund(...)

Leinster’s Dave Kearney scores a try during the Guinness Pro 12 match against Newport Gwent Dragons at the RDS. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Leinster 14 Dragons 16Three more concussions at the RDS as Leinster went down to the Dragons in the Guinness Pro 12, the most worrying of all for Rich(...)

Ian Keatley has been named in the Munster side to play Cardiff Clues in the Pro 12 tomorrow evening. (Photograph: INPHO/Marcus Sheridan)

Ian Keatley returns to the Munster team for tomorrow’s Pro 12 fixture against Cardiff Blues at the newly developed Musgrave Park.Keatley, fresh from a(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)