Johnny Sexton, Ian Keatley and Ian Madigan have been excellent from the kicking tee, missing just one kick between them in this year’s Six Nations. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images 2:16

Ireland have been given a timely boost as they seek a record 11th successive win when they face Wales in the Millennium Stadium this Saturday with th(...)

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton has returned to kicking practice after a hamstring injury picked up against England. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:16

Johnny Sexton will be fit and ready to play against Wales on Saturday in the Millennium Stadium. The Irish outhalf, who was forced out of Ireland’s la(...)

Isa Nacewa may be returning to Leinster next season with talk of his signing a year-long contract in a player/coach role. Photograph: Dan Sheridan /Inpho

Leo Cullen didn’t say it wouldn’t happen, he didn’t suggest it couldn’t happen but he did say that Isa Nacewa’s prospective return to Leinster is “mi(...)

Leinster say Zane Kirchner contract talks are at an advanced stage. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster have all but agreed a contract extension with former Blue Bulls and Springbok international Zane Kirchner. The fullback joined the province i(...)

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(...)