Connacht have retained 22-year-old Jack Rugby at outhalf for the visit of Leinster at the Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho.

Connacht v Leinster Sportsground 7.35, TV: TG4 Connacht welcome the champions to an expectant Sportsground from the lofty heights of third p(...)

Rhys Ruddock makes his first start of the season in Leinster’s interprovincial clash against Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fergus McFadden will replace the injured Zane Kirchner on the right wing for Leinster’s Guinness Pro12 interprovincial clash with Connacht at the Show(...)

Shane Jennings arrives for pre-season training at the Leinster rugby squad session in University College Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The pressure is already on Leinster to kick-start their season at home to the Scarlets this Saturday and, helpfully, some of their top Irish internati(...)

Of all the the emerging young players on the tour of Argentina, the one  who made the biggest impression on Joe Schmidt was flanker  Rhys Ruddock. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a small, relatively throwaway remark but it was worth noting nonetheless. “This was my first tour,” Joe Schmidt reminded us, and you forget, fo(...)

Simon Zebo breaks clear of the Argentina defence to score Ireland’s first try during the second Test in Tucumán, Argentina. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Argentina 17 Ireland 23: Ireland huffed and puffed in the clammy Tucumán air of north eastern Argentina to eventually complete a slightly laboured (...)

Simon Zebo in action against Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan.

Despite emerging with an apparently clean bill of health from a bruising and sapping first test win in Residencia, true to Joe Schmidt’s word in gi(...)

Jordi Murphy: “I had two games off the bench for Ireland but I’ve been looking for that start and I’m going out to make the most of it and leave a mark.”

It’s been something of a rollercoaster season for Irish back-row forwards this season, thus testing Ireland’s depth there more than usually, and for n(...)

 Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

The Stuart Hogg situation needed clearing up ahead of tomorrow’s Pro 12 final and Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend did just that.Hogg, Scotland’(...)

Stuart Hogg of Glasgow Warriors has been dropped from the Glasgow Warriors’ squad for the Pro12 final against Leinster at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images.

Stuart Hogg will not play any part in Saturday’s Pro12 final at the RDS. The Scotland fullback has been excluded from Gregor Townsend’s squad as he ac(...)

Mike McCarthy at Tuesday’s Leinster training session at  UCD. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor stated today that Mike McCarthy trained with the squad following a calf strain and should feature in Saturday’s Pro 12 fi(...)