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(...)

 Ben Te’o gets a long overdue fourth appearance for Leinster against the Dragons on Sunday, having so far only played 87 minutes of rugby union. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A non-televised Pro 12 game in Dublin sneaks under the radar but there’s plenty of external interest in those involved.There are rumours that Wallab(...)

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(...)

 Jamie Heaslip has been playing with a shoulder problem he picked up against Ulster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Jamie Heaslip represents a slight concern ahead of Ireland’s opening match against Italy in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday as he seeks to sh(...)

Ireland number eight  Jamie Heaslip remains a slight doubt for Saturday’s opening Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip is a slight concern ahead of Ireland’s opening Six Nations Championship match against Italy in Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday as h(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action: the scrumhalf has  been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Murray and Dave Kearney, two constants in last season’s victorious Six Nations side, have been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Sat(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray during a training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Versatile Leinster back Fergus McFadden has been ruled out of Ireland’s opening two games of the Six Nations after damaging rib cartilage in the Irela(...)

Ireland Wolfhounds’ Seán O’Brien gets to grips with England Wolfhounds’ Sam Burgess during the game at Musgrave Park. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Seán O’Brien admitted he “blew up” after 20 minutes but was nonetheless relieved and even a little happy – amid his displeasure at being on a losing I(...)

England Saxons’ Elliot Daly tries to avoid the attention of Irish Wolfhounds’ Dominic Ryan during the game  at Musgrave Park in Cork. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Ireland Wolfhounds 9 English Saxons 18The Cork sporting public enthusiastically welcomed international rugby back to the city, filling the redeveloped(...)

Rarely has the Irish presence at Europe’s top table been so imperilled. As the last Irish team standing in the European Champions Cup, it is up to Lei(...)