Leinster’s Dominic Ryan is tackled by Michael Tagicakibau of Scarlets during the Guinness Pro 12 game at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 19 Scarlets 15 A beautifully mild night and not a breath of wind in the RDS warmed a thin enough crowd behind the goals in Dublin’s Ba(...)

Simone Favaro: the Italian is the latest sign of the relatively recent attraction of foreign players to the PRO12 champions. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Simone Favaro was a super-destructive force for Italy against Ireland at the World Cup less than three weeks ago. The abrasive openside is the (...)

Dan Leavy starts for Leinster against the Scarlets following Rhys Ruddock’s World Cup call-up. Photograph: Inpho

Scarlets v Leinster, Parc y Scarlets, Friday October 16th, 7.35pm ko (TG4) Leinster boss Leo Cullen has made five changes to his side for the p(...)

Luke Fitzgerald is set to start alongside Jared Payne in Ireland’s midfield for the opening World Cup game against Canada. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 5:12

The severity of Robbie Henshaw’s injury should become apparent at Thursday’s team announcement but the Connacht centre has not made Joe Schmidt’s open(...)

 Rob Kearney scores against the All Blacks: “It’s very hard to find a weakness but they are beatable. Ireland players know this now.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:12

So the million dollar question: should Ireland coach an offloading policy at this World Cup? I don’t think you can. You are either intuitively good(...)

Darren Cave is set to provide midfield cover for Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payneat the World Cup. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As has been the case with other World Cup squad selections, there was always going to be some risk-taking when Joe Schmidt and his coaches finalise(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces a number of difficult decisions when it comes to selecting his squad for the World Cup. 2:54

Some celebrated outside backs are likely to miss out on the Ireland 31-man squad when it is submitted to the World Cup organisers by 5pm on Monday. No(...)

Dominic Ryan will captain Leinster in their friendly against Ulster on Friday night. Photograph: Sportsfile

Dominic Ryan will captain Leinster against Ulster on Friday night as the Leo Cullen era begins at Ravenhill. Backrow Ryan is one of three Ireland inte(...)

Andrew Trimble has been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Marty Moore and Luke Fitzgerald will be available to coach Joe Schmidt ahead of Ireland’s second World Cup warm-up game against Scotland at the Aviva (...)

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby: “This isn’t about development, it’s about going to a World Cup.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Without wishing to rake up old wounds, Simon Easterby yesterday conceded that with regard to selection for the forthcoming warm-up matches and the Wor(...)