Ireland and Leinster fullback Rob Kearney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

As part of their early season multi-tasking, an Irish squad of 48 players completed their second two-day mini camp of the season under Joe Schmidt ye(...)

Paul O’Connell makes his first start of the Pro12 campaign against Zebre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Munster v Zebre, Thomond Park, 7.30pm: Dave Kilcoyne spoke this week about the team delivering for the fans and “turning up” on the day to win their (...)

 Paul O’Connell plays against Zebre tomorrow night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will play his first competitive game for Munster this season in their Guinness Pro12 clash with Zebre at Thomond Park t(...)

 Jamie Heaslip: proud to be captaining Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Exactly a year tomorrow Ireland will face Canada in the opening match of their World Cup campaign. A long time in days and weeks but not so long when (...)

 Anthony Foley: ill-timed and unwanted episode for Anthony Foley and his newly assembled, indigenous coaching staff. Photograph: James Crombie

An Irish four-timer gives the embryonic Guinness Pro12 table a more positive perspective, after Connacht had been the only winners of the quartet on t(...)

Irish outhalf Jonathan Sexton in action for Racing Metro 92. It is also believed Toulon and Racing Metro 92 were offering in the region of €900,000 to keep Sexton in France. Photograph: Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton’s commercial agreement with Denis O’Brien, which played a significant role in bringing the Ireland outhalf back to Leinster next seas(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley: gets his first chance at playing his full-strength side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster will roll out their big guns for Zebre on Friday night as coach Anthony Foley goes in search of his first home win.Paul O’Connell, Conor Murra(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley has rung  the changes for this week’s match against Treviso. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Ireland and Lions lock Paul O’Connell, who was expected to make his return to Munster this week, was a late withdrawl from the squad, who flew to Ital(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley: “If a player has committed to us in terms of contract we need to make sure we are looking after this player as well.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Tyler Bleyendaal is not a piece of meat. The Cabtabrian is, however, a professional rugby player with a serious neck injury. Last night Munster coach (...)

Possible Republic of Ireland full-international Jack Grealish celebrates scoring for the country’s Under-21s against the Faroe Islands Under-21s   at the Showgrounds in Sligo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While the focus may all be on Jack Grealish in the Republic of Ireland’s concluding Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifier against Germany in Halle toda(...)