Ian Keatley has been left out of Ireland’s 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Notable absentees from Schmidt’s squad include Ian Kea(...)

 Robbie  Henshaw scored the season-defining try with a high take and adroit touchdown off Conor Murray’s box kick against England. And, with that, a new Irish midfield star was born. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s been interesting and, let’s be honest, at times it’s been dull too. Much of the rugby has been ho-hum, and the provinces had a decidedly mixed ba(...)

Cian Kelleher of Lansdowne (right). He and Clontarf’s Collie O’Shae are named on the squad to take on Barbarians on Thursday. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

The overlap in the rugby lives of Cian Kelleher and Collie O’Shea represent a curious collision of circumstances over the past several weeks. The two (...)

Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson is shown a yellow card and sinbinned by referee Romain Poite during the European Champions Cup play-off at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

As one Connacht player put it, when you’re at the bottom of the food chain you get dry bread. It’s often said in team sports that the perceived ‘bigge(...)

John Cooney comes in at scrumhalf for Connacht with Kieran Marmion out injured. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

With eight Connacht names in the Emerging Ireland squad, Pat Lam’s side can look forward to travelling to Gloucester with some vim. But David Humphre(...)

Connacht will travel to play Gloucester in their Champions Cup play-off without the injured Kieran Marmion. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht’s pursuit of a Champions Cup spot for next season continues on Sunday as they travel to Kingsholm to play Gloucester in a European play-off.P(...)

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki tackled by Justin Tipuric of Ospreys. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam will need to address the dichotomy of his team’s performance as they head to Gloucester on Sunday for another opportunity to p(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam had set his sights on a top-six finish from very start. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Guinness Pro12 Connacht v Ospreys Sportsground, Galway, 3pm Live S4C Presume for a moment that Connacht beat the Ospreys – a far superior (...)

MIchael Swift is on the bench for his final home game before Connacht retirement. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht boss Pat Lam has made three changes to his side ahead of Saturday’s fixture against table-toppers the Ospreys at the Sportsground.The game pr(...)