Ulster’s Michael Heaney avoids the tackles of Munster’s Casey Laulala and Felix Jones to score a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 17 Ulster 19: Ulster would have taken most of the encouragement and the plaudits from this encounter long before the end, but as it transpired(...)

Ulster’s Declan Fitzpatrick who is an injury doubt for the upcoming international Tests and Chris Henry who has signed a new deal, Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

The Ireland training squad for the November internationals could be released today. The problem finalising the group for Joe Schmidt’s new coaching ti(...)

Ian Keatley (right) and Ireland fell short against South Africa. Photograph: Tamuna Kulumbegashvili/Inpho

Ireland 8 South Africa 19: Emerging Ireland fell short in their second match of the IRB Tbilisi Cup as Carl Bezuidenhout kicked the South Africa Presi(...)

Rhys Ruddock (centre) will captain Emerging Ireland against a South Africa President’s XV at the IRB Tbilisi Cup on Tuesday. Photograph: Tamuna Kulumbegashvili/Inpho

Emerging Ireland coach Allen Clark has made six changes from the victory over Georgia for tomorrow’s clash against a South Africa President’s XV at th(...)

Rhys Ruddock (right) pictured with team-mates (from left) Jonathan Sexton, Isaac Boss, James Heaslip and Sean O’Brien after Leinster’s Amlin Challenge Cup Final victory. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Rhys Ruddock will lead the Emerging Ireland team in their opening fxture of the IRB Tbilisi Cup against hosts Georgia tomorrow night (10.0pm, Irish t(...)

Rory Best will captain Ireland on the tour. Photograph: Inpho

Les Kiss, Ireland’s interim head coach, will be part of Joe Schmidt’s management team on a three year contrac(...)