Paul Galvin will not be back to sit on the Kerry bench - Darragh Ó Sé is positive about his return but not expecting him to be changing Kerry’s season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Having played alongside him for seven years, and having managed the Kerry Under 21s in his initiation challenge match against the senior panel on Tue(...)

Paul Galvin: will add considerable experience to manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s already formidable panel. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

He’d hung up his boots, written his own book, gone and done the ring thing, and he’s not finished yet, Paul Galvin making perhaps the most unexpected (...)

Isa Nacewa may be returning to Leinster next season with talk of his signing a year-long contract in a player/coach role. Photograph: Dan Sheridan /Inpho

Leo Cullen didn’t say it wouldn’t happen, he didn’t suggest it couldn’t happen but he did say that Isa Nacewa’s prospective return to Leinster is “mi(...)

Leinster say Zane Kirchner contract talks are at an advanced stage. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster have all but agreed a contract extension with former Blue Bulls and Springbok international Zane Kirchner. The fullback joined the province i(...)

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(...)