Belvedere College  players celebrate in front of their fans after beating Blackrock College to win the 2005 Leinster Schools Senior Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

“Belvedere fuelled by inner belief”, was the headline in The Irish Times on March 18th, 2005. They had plenty of that, and needed it to beat Blackrock(...)

Peter Stringer of Bath dives over for a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

John O’SullivanThere’s no doubting the performance of the day in the Aviva English Premiership belonged to Bath as they thumped the Leicester Tigers b(...)

Jason Harris-Wright in action for his first school, Presentation College, Bray in the Leinster Schools Junior Cup final against Blackrock College in 2004. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Then came a Harris-Wright cameo. The number eight swatted off two would-be tacklers before stepping inside – it seemed like the whole covering Bla(...)

Ruan Pienaar of Ulster scored all 21 points against Leicester at Welfor Road. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Ulster captain Johann Muller hailed Ruan Pienaar after the South African’s efforts clinched his side a famous victory at Leicester Tigers and a home t(...)

Leinster’s Jack McGrath has seen his early-season form rewarded by a call-up to the Ireland squad for the Autumn Internationals. Photograph; Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The DNA of the Ireland squad, chosen by national coach Joe Schmidt, for the November test series can be traced to the final match in last season’s Six(...)

  Ulster’s Tommy Bowe. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After recovering from a dead leg, Tommy Bowe has been named in the Ulster side to face Leicester Tigers in their opening Heineken Cup fixture at Ra(...)

Montpellier’s livewire Jonathan Pelissie could play a vital role in Pool 5. Photograph: Getty

POOL 1Castres OlympiqueBest: semi-finalists 2001-02.ERC European Ranking: 25.HC record: Pl 58, Wins 23, Draws 1, Losses 34.Suffering second season syn(...)

New Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.

Joe Schmidt yesterday announced his first training squad as the new Irish coach.Given Ireland used 48 players last season, a 10-match itinerary ravage(...)

Leicester’s Niall Morris has been named in the Ireland squad

Joe Schmidt has named an extended squad of 42 players for next Sunday’s brief training camp at Carton House this weekend. The new Ireland coach will s(...)

Emerging Ireland 42 Uruguay 33: Ian Keatley touched down twice and converted all six of Emerging Ireland’s tries as they claimed a 42-33 bonus-point w(...)