Sean O’Brien was forced to withdraw from the Ireland team ahead of the 26-3 victory over Italy in Rome after damaging his hamstring during the warm-up and is now a doubt for Saturday’s fixture against France at the Aviva Stadium. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Seán O’Brien’s involvement against France next Saturday remains in doubt after damaging his hamstring while warming up ahead of Ireland’s 26-3 trimmin(...)

Paul O’Connell has played 103 Test matches for Ireland since 2002. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Contrary to reports suggesting Paul O’Connell could retire after next year’s World Cup, his central IRFU contract has him bound to play for Munster a(...)

Munster’s Paul’Connell will have his own hands full as his side take on Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

To think that we could have missed out on this. The next two weekends of the traditional back-to-back pre-Christmas games could define European Cha(...)

Munster have made 10 changes from last week to the side that travels to Aviva on Saturday to face Leinster in the Pro12 derby. Captain P(...)

Ireland   coach Joe Schmidt has stated he  wasn’t picking players from provinces, more that he was selecting Irish players.  Photograph: Inpho

Ireland have won the Six Nations championship. Brian O’Driscoll has had his valedictory home farewell and last tango in Paris. St Patrick’s Day(...)

Ireland debutant Dave Kearney scores the first of two tries against Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 40 Samoa 9 It was about new beginnings at the Aviva Stadium, with Ireland coach Joe Schmidt taking charge of his first test match, so t(...)

Munster head coach Rob Penney. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster have made a virtue of throwing in off-colour performances the week before returning to the Heineken Cup but conceding their heaviest def(...)