Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has a word with his outhalf Ian Keatley at training this morning. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 0:48

About two years ago the penny dropped in New Zealand that Dan Carter was mortal. So began the quest to anoint his long term successor, which seemed fo(...)

The Connacht duo of Kieran Marmion and Rodney Ah You after making their debuts in the first Test against Argentina  at Estadio Centenario in Resistencia. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In stark contrast to the weekly workload of his Connacht career over the last couple of seasons, Kieran Marmion has had to bide his time with Ireland.(...)

Ulster forwards Rory Best, Callum Black and Dan Tuohy arrive for training at  Pirrie Park in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland hooker Rory Best will make his 150th appearance for Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 decider away to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (...)

Munster outhalf Ian Keatley in action against Gloucester in the Heineken Cup. “I feel I have to use this year as the year to break through.”

It’s been a circuitous route to being a first-choice provincial outhalf for the Heineken Cup, but Ian Keatley has a fair body of work to his name by n(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip celebrates as the referee awards a late penalty try against Connacht. Photograph: Inpho

LEINSTER 16 CONNACHT 13Allowing for the League’s inflated attendances, 15,000-plus people paid to watch proceedings, our national broadcasters beamed (...)

Andrew Trimble return for Ulster after finger surgery. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland winger Andrew Trimble has recovered from injury and is included in the Ulster team to face RaboDirect Pro12 leaders the Ospreys at the Liberty(...)

 Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Kameli Ratuvou of Zebre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 25 Zebre 16: Pat Lam’s stewardship of Connacht began on a positive note as they swept Zebre aside for an opening RaboDirect PRO12 win at the(...)