Ballynahinch’s Rodger McBurney scores a try despite Clontarf’s Robert Keogh efforts during their Ulster Bank League Division 1A match at Ballymacarn Park. Clontarf earned a a 33-18 bonus point victory. Photograph: Inpho

Young Munster completed a stunning finish to the Ulster Bank League’s regular season as they squeezed through to the Division 1A playoffs by beating t(...)

Ireland U20 captain Nick  McCarthy says the team is “just focused” on Friday’s Six Nations game against England in Donnybrook. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Following comprehensive victories over Italy and defending champions France, expectations will be high for the Ireland U20s when they welcome England(...)

Scrumhalf Nick McCarthy was chosen by his teammates to lead the side this year

Tuesday, January 6th, a day of reckoning.It’s a little before 10am in the Lansdowne pavilion, a bright, crisp morning, but one where the mercury barel(...)

Clontarf’s Matt Darcy runs in a try at the Belfield Bowl. The player could play an important role for the Ireland Club international team in the coming weeks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Clontarf 38 UCD 17 Matt D’Arcy heated up a bitterly cold Belfield Bowl with a terrific hat-trick of tries as Clontarf claimed a 38-17 bonus point win(...)

Kieran Marmion: “Joe doesn’t really take any backward steps. When you are in here you really have to know what is going on. You have to know the detail. They won’t wait for you. That certainly does take some getting used to. You have to adapt quickly or else you get left behind.”

Isaac Boss has not started in a Six Nations match for over seven years. Eoin Reddan and Conor Murray are injury concerns with the Irish management moo(...)

Lansdowne’s Tom Farrell tries to avoid the challenges of Clontarf’s Ariel Robles and Evan Ryan during the  Ulster Bank League Division 1A match at  Castle Avenue. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster Bank League round-up: Having struggled past Old Belvedere last week, Division 1A leaders Lansdowne were back at full tilt today as they ran in (...)

Fergal Walsh of Terenure is tackled by the UCD duo of Emmet McMahon and Ross Byrne during the Ulster Bank League Division 1A match at Lakelands Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1A round-up: Terenure College’s mid-season slump continued at Lakelands Park on Saturday as they were outgunned 33-24 by U(...)

Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock leaves the pitch with his right arm in a sling following the European Champions Cup win over Saracens. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s arm injury looks set to curtail the 24-year-old’s breakthrough season at Test level. Capped at openside wing forward in the big Novembe(...)

St Mary’s David O’Connor  feels the impact of the tackle from UCD’s Tom Fletcher during the Ulster Bank League Division 1A, match at Templeville Road. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ulster Bank League round-up: Terenure College were stunned into submission by Ballynahinch this afternoon as the Division 1A leaders were beaten 14-10(...)

Guinness Autumn International, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 8/11/2014 Ireland vs South Africa Springboks Ireland’s Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell and Rhys Ruddock with Bismarck du Plessis of South Africa SpringboksMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

I watched Rhys Ruddock play against South Africa with great joy. I had nothing to do with his journey in becoming an international rugby player(...)