Paddy Jackson returns from a shoulder injury for Ulster’s Guinness Pro 12 clash with Connacht on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye/

Ireland international outhalf Paddy Jackson returns from a shoulder injury to take his place in the Ulster side for the sold-out Guinness Pro 12 fixtu(...)

 Ireland’s Simon Zebo goes over for a tryagainst Australia in Dublin in November. Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

“You don’t have to be perfect. Your attitude and mental resolve have to be perfect. It’s very hard to play a perfect game of rugby but you have to st(...)

Connacht’s Kieran Marmion breaks free to score his sides opening try against Leinster at the Showgrounds last September. Photo: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Over the next fortnight Irish rugby’s internecine rivalries won’t be for the squeamish as provincial bloodletting is disputed ferociously, in pursuit(...)

Dave Kearney will start on the left wing for Leinster for the Pro12 game against Connacht at the RDS. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has made seven changes, including five in the pack, for their return to the Guinness Pro12 for Friday night’s interpro cl(...)

A youthful Isaac Boss (right) attempts to tackle Mils Muliaina during a 2001 NPC match between Auckland and Waikato. Thirteen years on they meet again at the RDS. Photograph: Michael Bradley/Getty Images.

It’s been maybe 15 years since they shared the same jersey on the New Zealand under-19 team. Even then Mils Muliaina and Isaac Boss were on different(...)

Connacht scrumhalf Caolin Blade scores his second try of the match in Connacht’s European Challenge Cup game against Bayonne at Stade Jean-Dauger. Photograph: James Crombie

Connacht coach Pat Lam hailed his emerging players after his second string pulled off a dramatic late 29-27 victory in Bayonne to keep their Challenge(...)

Fans must wait to see Bundee Aki alongside Henshaw in the centre as Dave McSharry partners him for Saturday’s match. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

This looks like a dud Bayonne side. No Joe Rokocoko or Santiago Fernandez with Mark Chisholm on the bench. That’s 158 test caps missing from the star(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton, at today’s launch. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A cross-Border bid for Ireland to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was formally launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter(...)

Robbie Henshaw: still recuperating from the hip pointer strain he picked up during Ireland’s autumn series. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Connacht coach Pat Lam is targeting the visit to Leinster in the Guinness Pro 12 on December 19th to reintroduce centre Robbie Henshaw to the side, as(...)

 Robbie Henshaw not available to Connacht this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw will not make the starting line-up for the European Challenge Cup clash with French Top 14 side Bayonne at the Sportsground (...)