Ian Humphreys (right) claims his brother David, former Direcdtor of Rugby in Ulster, had nothing to do with his return to the province. Photograph:  Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Ian Humphreys has claimed brother David was not involved in negotiations to bring him back to Ulster and says he would have returned to the province e(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson in action during the first Test against Argentina last Saturday. “It’s all about detail with Joe, make sure everything is nailed off.”

Having missed out on the November Tests through injury, Iain Henderson has been playing catch-up under Joe Schmidt’s watch, which as many players hav(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Sam Windsor share a laugh at Leinster training in UCD. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Professional sports folk love controlling those pesky controllables. It’s, like, their thing. So when Matt O’Connor was presented with a number of (...)

Crescent CC’s Diarmuid Dee, in action during the 2013 Munster Schools Senior Cup final, has the physicality to make an impact. Photograph: Cathal noonan/Inpho

New Zealand have won the Under-20 Rugby World Cup four times and have been in every tournament final except last year. Less mysterious than respected,(...)

Leinster’s Mike McCarthy will captain the Emerging Ireland squad at the IRB  Nations Cup in June. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Five full internationals have been named in a 26-strong Emerging Ireland squad for the three game IRB Nations Cup in Romania in mid-June.Connacht’s Da(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with Ian Madigan and Paddy Jackson during an Ireland squad training session at Carton House last November.

Spondylolysis has reopened the Test window for Ian Madigan. Paddy Jackson joined up with the Ireland squad for this week’s two-day camp in Dublin but(...)

 Paddy Jackson  could be forced to miss Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina. Photograph: James Crombie

Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson will miss Ireland’s summer tour to Argentina after suffering a stress fracture to his lower back.Jackson had been named a(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the announcement of the squad to tour Argentina next month. Photograph: Inpho

As ever with Joe Schmidt, there were perfectly rational arguments for all his selections yesterday and one can be absolutely sure the merits of every (...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan bursts for the line to score the only try in  semi-final against Ulster on Saturday at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leinster 13 Ulster 9When you know how to win, you know how to win. Serial winners at the business end of the season, Leinster rolled up their sleeves (...)

Ian Madigan goes over for the only try of the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the  RDS. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 13 Ulster 9: Ian Madigan emerged as the match-winner for Leinster as his 72nd minute try decided Saturday evening’s attritional RaboDirect Pr(...)