Munster duo Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander both start for Ireland against Wales on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are the latest senior players ruled out of the opening Six Nations match against a well-stocked Welsh side. The Lei(...)

Bundee Aki at Connacht  training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Manurewa bank teller comes home from work, after another mindlessly long day, flicks on the box to see his ‘uce’ (Samoan for ‘bro’) playing Super (...)

 Johnny Sexton leaves the field after suffering a head injury in the match with Wasps: the Leinster and Ireland outhalf suffered four concussions in 2014. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Sexton did not fail the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) he underwent on Saturday at the Rioch Arena. The Leinster outhalf also passed the HIA he (...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams in action against Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relative lack of Irish interest, but the final weekend of what is now the European Champions Cup somehow used to seem more fun. Mathe(...)

 Rory Best  runs at Simone Favaro of Italy during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. “To now captain Ireland going into the Six Nations is a massive thing for me and my family.” Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Spare a thought for Rory Best. There is probably no harder task than to succeed Paul O’Connell as captain, who had effectively succeeded Brian O’Drisc(...)

Marty Moore could yet be a Leinster player next season despite agreeing a deal with Wasps.

After Marty Moore’s decision to accept a three-year offer from English Premiership club Wasps, reported in The Irish Times last week, Leinster and th(...)

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden tackles Sean O’Brien of Connacht during their Pro12 encounter. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden has received a three-week ban after being cited for an incident during his side’s Pro12 win over Connacht on New Year’s Day(...)

Munster captain CJ Stander: qualifies for Ireland via the three-year residency rule. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster captain CJ Stander, having qualified via the three-year residency rule, Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey and 22-year-old Connacht lock Ultan Di(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose in action against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The real shame is Robbie Henshaw will not be running this last time for Connacht against Leinster (or just the latest time if you believe in western m(...)

New Zealander Nathan White made his debut for Ireland in 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht prop Nathan White is hopeful the Westerners can get 2016 off to a flying start when they visit his former side Leinster at the RDS. The New (...)