Connacht scrumhalf Kieran Marmion slides over in the corner to score his side’s third try in the European Challenge Cup game against Brive at the Galway Sportsground. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 21 Brive 17 Top of their European pool and the Pro 12 League is a great place to be for Connacht, but their seasonal ambitions may become a l(...)

Ireland fans get a grip on the RBS Six Nations Trophy as the rugby team arrive back to Dublin Airport. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:52

The victorious Ireland rugby team arrived back into Dublin Airport on Sunday afternoon to an ecstatic welcome after their Six Nations win. Hund(...)

Paul O’Connell and his team-mates had the character and fitness levels to withstand the charge of the French bench in the second half. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Great AK was right; ‘no amount of analytical physics can open a door’ but in the end energy, team spirit and tactical nous can close many a French(...)

 Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw set to start in the centre for Ireland against Springboks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

At lunchtime today Joe Schmidt will confirm the selection of a brand new three-quarter line compared to last season’s Six Nations, comprising Rob Hens(...)

Ulster number eight Nick Williams was voted the Hibernia College IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year 2013  at the 11th annual awards ceremony. Photograph: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

When Nick Williams signed for Ulster in June last year from Aironi, you’d have been given long odds indeed, especially within the environs of (...)