Jonathan Sexton enjoys very close relationship with Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 3:25

Having the best outhalf in the northern hemisphere back in the mix would improve any team. Johnny Sexton brings presence and gravitas, and by all acc(...)

Keith Earls goes through his paces during Ireland training this morning. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:25

Ireland skills and kicking coach, Richie Murphy, confirmed a full participation at Ireland’s training session ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations clash wi(...)

Ian Madigan, who may play at outhalf on Friday for the Wolfhounds, will be looking to bounce back after uncharacteristically missing four kicks against Wasps. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As Joe Schmidt seeks a solution to his outhalf problem for the first of the Six Nations Championship games in Rome, Irish management will look to Ian (...)

Jack Conan has been rewarded for a series of standout  displays for Leinster with a place in an extended 46-man Ireland and Wolfhounds squad. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Conan’s standout season with Leinster has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s extended 46-man Ireland squad for the opening Six Nations g(...)

Seán O’Brien is back in training and “improving every day” according to skills coach Richie Murphy. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster face a decision on Tuesday on whether to register prop Cian Healy or flanker Seán O’Brien for their final pool match in the European Champio(...)

Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy are in line to make their returns from injury against London Wasps at the weekend. (Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

Leinster hope that Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien will be fit for their final European Champions Cup pool match against Wasps this week. The Irish loose(...)

Leinster’s Ben Te’o with Dr John Ryan before going off injured on his debut in November. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Injury-cursed Leinter have issued some positive news with rugby league convert Ben Te’o set to return from a broken arm ahead of Ulster’s visit to (...)

JJ Hanrahan is believed to be frustrated with his lack of progress at Munster.  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

JJ Hanrahan is on the verge of leaving his native Munster and joining Northampton next season. Currently in the second year of a two-year deal with th(...)

Ian Madigan’s eye for a gap echoes that of his boyhood hero, Carlos Spencer, whom he describes as ‘a magician’. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Being able to play well in a number of positions can be a double-edged sword. Much as Ian Madigan would like to be a specialist outhalf, his ability t(...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien in action against Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow, earlier this month in the sides’ Guinness Pro12 rugby clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien will see a specialist this week with regard to an ongoing shoulder problem, which, although officially little is being made of it, must (...)