Ian Keatley has been left out of Ireland’s 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Notable absentees from Schmidt’s squad include Ian Kea(...)

South African flanker Duane Vermeulen shakes hands with  Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal   after signing a three-year contract with the Top 14 club. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Former Ireland forwards coach Gert Smal has launched a stern rebuke to Duane Vermeulen over the manner of his signing with French giants Toulon. The S(...)

Brian O’Driscoll and Shane Horgan show their disappointment after the defeat by France at the 2007 World Cup. Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A legal practice and the Irish rugby team may have a lot in common but they probably don’t call him Shaggy in the London offices of Lee and Thompson L(...)

Toulon’s Bryan Habana scores a try against Leinster in the Champions Cup semi-final last season. The clubs will meet in the group stage this time out. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All roads lead to Lyon. The 60,000-capacity Grand Stade de Lyon has been announced as the venue for both the European Challenge Cup final on May 13th (...)

 Paul O’Connell has signed for Toulon, the Top 14 club have confirmed.

With the words of AP McCoy and Brian O’Driscoll ringing in his ears, Paul O’Connell has been confirmed a Toulon player until the summer of 2017. Fre(...)

Former Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes has signed  a three-year extension to his deal with Clermont Auverne. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The list of contenders for the position of Leinster head coach is diminishing by the day following the confirmation that Clermont Auvergne assistant c(...)

Munster have confirmed that Paul O’Connell will be released from his contract after the World Cup. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The IRFU and Munster Rugby have confirmed that Paul O’Connell will be released from his provincial contract pending the conclusion of the World Cup, a(...)

Stuart Hogg beats the tackles of Munster’s Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne to set up Glasgow’s third try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO.

No one could begrudge Glasgow this triumph. This was the culmination of four years contesting the knock-out stages, and whereas Munster were completin(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley in Belfast. “Parts of their off-loading game really killed us at times and they opened up a lot of space for themselves.” Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Hiding their disappointment, it was a stoic face from Munster on Glasgow’s ripping win. Anthony Foley, Denis Hurley, even the fans sucked this one u(...)

Glasgow’s Al Kellock lifts the Guinness Pro 12 trophy afteer the Scottish side’s victory over Munster at Ravenhill. Photo:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Glasgow 31 Munster 13 Glasgow became the first Scottish side to carry off the Pro 12 League trophy that even the diehard Munster fans that arrived to(...)