Johnny Sexton starts for Leinster against Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns to the Leinster side for Saturday’s inter-provincial clash with Ulster. Sexton’s last appearance saw him score 16 points to gu(...)

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster in Saturday evening’s crunch Pro 12 clash with Munster at the Aviva Stadium. In total Leo Cullen has made nine c(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering the importance of our provincial derbies to the Guinness Pro12 and Europe, it’s the individual that has caught my attention. There’s no (...)

Kieran Marmion touches down to score Connacht’s try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at the  Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 The Sportsground has possibly never heard a roar like the one which greeted Caolin Blade kicking the ball dead from his own i(...)

Leinster coach Girvan Dempsey remains confident Cian Healy and Seán O’Brien will regain the performance and fitness levels that allowed them play such(...)

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg goes through the gap between Ireland prop Mikle Ross and hooker Rory Best on the way to scoring his try in the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Ireland’s report card from the Six Nations Championship could be summed up under the phrase ‘could do better’ on the basis of winning the previous two(...)

 Mike Ross of Ireland works in the Irish maul during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match against  Canada. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Like John Hayes for over a decade before him, so it has been with Mike Ross for the last half a decade. And like Hayes, even at 36, this Six Nations’ (...)

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek: “We try to make sure that we’re not throwing someone out there for the sake of it.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The fourth weekend of the RBS Six Nations finds Ireland hosting Italy on Saturday as the only two countries without a win to date and thus occupying t(...)

Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong: was only promoted from the Leinster Academy in to the senior squad as recently as the 2014-15 season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Things have not gone Tadhg Furlong’s way this week. The Ireland prop, who played for 16 minutes against Wales and 17 minutes in Stade de France, roll(...)

Ultan Dillane could play in Connacht’s game away to Edinburgh on Friday after his impressive debut off the bench for Ireland against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Although Ultan Dillane and Eoin Reddan were retained with the Irish starting team from last Saturday’s defeat at Twickenham for yesterday’s training s(...)