Rhys Ruddock suffered injury against Harlequins in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s truncated season has been ended by a recurrence of the arm problem which has sidelined him for all but two games since mid-December.(...)

Luke Fitzgerald will start on  the wing for Leinster against Scarlets. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

  Scarlets v Leinster Parc y Scarlets, 5.15, Sky Sports 1 Leinster present a more formidable selection from the one that eked out a(...)

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan tries to  evade the tackle of Ospreys’ Ryan Bevington during the Guinness Pro 12 game at the  Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho

Ospreys 9 Leinster 9Jimmy Gopperth held his nerve to slot a late penalty and earn Leinster a share of the spoils at the Ospreys.The visitors had looke(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock has returned to the starting team for Ospreys game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster will be aiming to pile more misery on an Ospreys side who have seen their title challenge fade since losing influential players to the Six (...)

Johnny Sexton was named man of the match in Ireland’s 18-11 Six nations win over France at the Aviva Stadium.  (Photograph: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Ireland player ratingsRob Kearney 7Made nine carries for 53 metres. A jarring, wrap tackle on Scott Spedding earned an important 24th minute penalty a(...)

Tommy O’Donnell gets over the line to score Ireland’s second try against Italy at Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

The fall from grace, when it happens, can be sudden and unforgiving. Especially in this Ireland squad, under the stern gaze of this head coach Tommy (...)

Johnny Sexton talks Racing Métro, ‘Charlie Hebdo’, fatherhood, goal-kicking and going to the Louvre to “spend 40 quid on two coffees”. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

He’s home and in Ireland camp for three weeks for a targeted comeback in round two at home to France. He’s also coming home with a four-year deal to p(...)

Conor Murray: “I’ve done my contact, I’ve done my bag work, I’ve tackled a few of the lads and I feel good, 2:35

The Irish management have not yet assessed number eight Jamie Heaslip for Ireland’s opening match of the Six Nations Championship against Italy. Train(...)

Dave Foley in action for Munster in their Champions Cup clash against Sale at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Forwards Rhys Ruddock and Dave Foley both face a race against time to make Ireland’s opening Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome on Saturday week(...)

Luke Fitzgerald: “I’m happy with where I’m at. I’m happy, I think I’m playing well.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Delighted to be back playing after 10 increasingly frustrating months on the sideline, and to be finding a run of form as well as regaining his place(...)