Stuart McCloskey has been banned for four weeks following his red card in Ulster’s 20-17 win over Edinburgh last Friday. (Photograph: ©INPHO/Presseye/Ian MacNicol)

Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey has been given a four week suspension following his red card in last Friday’s 20-17 Pro 12 win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield(...)

Hooker Damien Varley made 121 appearances for Munster and won three caps for Ireland during his career. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster have confirmed the sad news that hooker Damien Varley has been forced to retire from rugby after failing to fully recover from a foot injury s(...)

Leinster scrumhalf Eoin Reddan in action during training at UCD. Photograph: Clive O’Donohoe/Inpho

The Leinster trio of Noel Reid, Richardt Strauss and Tom Denton have all been ruled out of Friday’s Guinness Pro 12 encounter with Zebre at the RDS du(...)

Leinster’s Richardt Strauss goes off with a suspected head injury against the Dragons. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Leinster look set to be without hooker Richardt Strauss, secondrow Tom Denton and centre Noel Reid for Friday’s Guinness Pro12 match against Zebre at (...)

Richardt Strauss was one of three Leinster players forced off with a head injury during Sunday’s Pro 12 loss to Newport Gwent Dragons. (Photograph: INPHO/Colm O’Neill)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has no solution, it’s clear that nobody does, but the alarming rate of concussive injuries was evident at the RDS on Sund(...)

Leinster’s Dave Kearney scores a try during the Guinness Pro 12 match against Newport Gwent Dragons at the RDS. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Leinster 14 Dragons 16Three more concussions at the RDS as Leinster went down to the Dragons in the Guinness Pro 12, the most worrying of all for Rich(...)

Ian Keatley has been named in the Munster side to play Cardiff Clues in the Pro 12 tomorrow evening. (Photograph: INPHO/Marcus Sheridan)

Ian Keatley returns to the Munster team for tomorrow’s Pro 12 fixture against Cardiff Blues at the newly developed Musgrave Park.Keatley, fresh from a(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action: the scrumhalf has  been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Murray and Dave Kearney, two constants in last season’s victorious Six Nations side, have been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Sat(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray during a training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Versatile Leinster back Fergus McFadden has been ruled out of Ireland’s opening two games of the Six Nations after damaging rib cartilage in the Irela(...)

Matt O’Connor could have been forgiven a wry smile last Saturday night. Whereas Ulster and Munster had conceded 93 points between them in exiting the (...)