Clontarf’s Mick McGrath scores a try against UCD. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Clontarf 24 UCD 10 Joey Carbery possesses the unruffled elegance of a bullfighter, nerveless, unflinching, agile in thought and deed, and a taunting (...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering the importance of our provincial derbies to the Guinness Pro12 and Europe, it’s the individual that has caught my attention. There’s no (...)

Kieran Marmion touches down to score Connacht’s try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at the  Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 The Sportsground has possibly never heard a roar like the one which greeted Caolin Blade kicking the ball dead from his own i(...)

Leinster coach Girvan Dempsey remains confident Cian Healy and Seán O’Brien will regain the performance and fitness levels that allowed them play such(...)

The Irish team is expected to be unchanged for the visit of Scotland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rory Best’s calf strain remains the biggest impediment to Joe Schmidt retaining the same starting XV from last Saturday’s record-breaking 58-15 win o(...)

Jack Nowell celebrates as Mike Brown evades Robbie Henshaw to score England’s second try at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 10 Much like the game itself, this was a decidedly mixed bag of an Irish performance. Opinions will probably vary more wildly t(...)

England’s wing Mike Brown scores a try during the Six Nations match against Ireland  at Twickenham. Photograph:  Ben StansallAFP/Getty Images

England 21 Ireland 10 In the end, power told. England’s greater array of ball carriers and explosiveness in the collisions – epitomised by the phenom(...)

Leinster’s Sean Cronin celebrates after scoring a try in their clash with Bath in the European Champions Cup. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 25 Bath 11 This was a hugely uplifting performance for Irish rugby. All his own doing but Leinster coach Leo Cullen has almost instantly(...)

Johnny Sexton was named man of the match as Leinster moved to the top of the Pro 12 table with a 9-22 win away at the Ospreys. Photograph: Inpho

Ospreys 9 Leinster 22 Jonathan Sexton was back to his imperious best as he won his personal duel with Dan Biggar to help send Leinster top of the Gui(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton is fit enough to start Friday night’s match in Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made six changes to his team for the Guinness Pro12 game against the Ospreys on Friday night in the Liberty Stadium(...)