Ireland U-20s centre Garry Ringrose skips past Will Owen of England during the recent clash at Donnybrook. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There will be a cathartic element for Ireland in returning to the test arena in Colwyn Bay following the frustration and disappointment of losing t(...)

 (L-R) Lorcan Dow, captain Nick McCarthy, head coach Nigel Carolan and Rory Moloney of Ireland U20s. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

The Irish Under 20 team will play in Dublin for the first time since 2005 as an extended squad of 30 players was named ahead of the Six Nations campai(...)

Leinster’s backrower Jordi Murphy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster, via the schools system, possess a never-ending well of backrow talent. This is evident now more than ever because the injury toll has never (...)

Blackrock captain Nick Timoney lifts the Senior Cup last March. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

A very distinct pattern has emerged in Leinster schools rugby with Blackrock or St Michael’s College constantly leading the way. In 2015 St Michael’s (...)

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(...)

Blackrock College captain Nick Timoney lifts the Leinster Schools Senior Cup. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Blackrock College 22 Clongowes Wood College 17 Many moons from now (...)


Beauchamps Leinster SchoolsÕ Senior Challenge Cup 1st Round, Donnybrook, Dublin 4/2/2014Blackrock College vs CBC Monkstown
Blackrock College’s David O’Connor is tackled by Colin McDonnell and Aindriu Conroy of CBC Monkstown at Donnybrook in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Blackrock College 31CBC Monkstown 3Tries in either half by number eight David O’Connor set the foundations in Donnybrook yesterday afternoon, as Black(...)

Powerful Leinster under-19s number eight Nick Timoney is a major player in the Blackrock pack. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“They play pure rugby, how the game should be played. Their forwards are big and brutal, backs smooth and clinical. They are well coached. They are we(...)

Leinster’s Fergal Cleary with Evander Guttenbiel of Australian Schools at Donnybrook. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster Schools 27 Australia 17The Leinster Schools showed great resolve and composure to turn an 11-point deficit into a 10-point victory over the (...)

St Michael’s captain Ross Molony in action against Newbridge College in the semi-final and below, Ross Byrne. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Let’s dispel a myth that has grown up around this rivalry for the old boys blowing back in for the final. St Michael’s College are not the also(...)