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(...)

Kieran Marmion returns from duty with the Irewland squad to bolster Connacht’s challenge against Scarlets. Photograph: Inpho

  Connacht face another benchmarking test of their development this season as they host the Scarlets, opponents against whom they last won(...)

New Zealander Mils Muliaina takes part in a Connacht squad training session at The Sportsground, Galway. Photpgraph: James Crombie/Inpho

All Black centurion Mils Muliaini is available to make his debut for Connacht in Friday’s Guinness Pro 12 fixture against Zebre. The former All Black (...)

Former Ireland under-20 centre Rory Scannell starts at number 12 for Munster. Photograph: Inpho.

  Cardiff Blues v Munster Arms Park, 5.15pm Sky Sports 2 Glancing ahead to the November internationals plenty can be inferred fro(...)

Mike Ross in action against Argentina in the second Test of the  2014 summer tour. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is fully conversant with the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic as yet another injury has hit his already-emaciat(...)

 Shane Delahunt  will start for Connacht against Treviso. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the same week that he signed a Connacht Academy contract, 20-year-old Shane Delahunt has been handed his first Pro 12 start at hooker after coming (...)

 Jamie Heaslip  is the new Leinster captain. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has given the captaincy of the province to Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip for the new season. Heaslip succeeds Leo Cu(...)

Of all the the emerging young players on the tour of Argentina, the one  who made the biggest impression on Joe Schmidt was flanker  Rhys Ruddock. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a small, relatively throwaway remark but it was worth noting nonetheless. “This was my first tour,” Joe Schmidt reminded us, and you forget, fo(...)

Simon Zebo in action against Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan.

Despite emerging with an apparently clean bill of health from a bruising and sapping first test win in Residencia, true to Joe Schmidt’s word in gi(...)

Darren Cave makes a break against Argentina. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Argentina 17 Ireland 29 Ireland duly achieved their anticipated first test win in Argentina, if not quite in the manner Joe Schmidt and the Iri(...)