Gareth Steenson of Exeter Chiefs, who scored 19 points,  in action against  London Irish at Sandy Park on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images.

Leinster A got their British & Irish Cup defence off to a decent start with a 31-24 victory over Plymouth Albion at Brickfields. What might have i(...)

Conor Owende of Old Belvedere takes a lineout catch during the Ulster Bank  Division 1A clash against  St Mary’s College at Anglesea Road. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1A round-up: Conor McKeon was the hero for Lansdowne as his nerveless injury-time penalty decided today’s low-scoring top (...)

Ireland’s Cian Kelleher had an outstanding game against New Zealand. Photograph:  David Rowland/Inpho/Photosport

New Zealand U-20 45 Ireland U-20 23: It was half a match too far for a battered and beleaguered Ireland team that once again demonstrated cameos of ri(...)

South Africa’s Victor Matfield: will win a record 112th cap against Wales in Nelspruit on Saturday. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty

Mike Ruddock has made a number changes to his Ireland Under-20s side for tomorrow’s third place play-off at the IRB Junior World Championship. Jack O’(...)

Ross Molony and Jack O’Donoghue will be key men for Ireland Under-20s against England in their Junior World Cup semi-final in North Harbour, New Zealand. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Ringrose clan, St Michael’s College and UCD can take the most satisfaction from this odyssey. That’s what any journey to the penultimate stages o(...)

Leinster’s Peader Timmins returns at blindside flanker for Ireland in Sunday’s IRB Junior World Championship semi-final against England in Auckland. Photograph:    Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Ireland under-20 coach Mike Ruddock has made three changes to his side for the IRB Junior World Championship semi-final clash against defending champi(...)

 Ireland’s Garry Ringrose seen here in action against France produced another brilliant display in the Under-20 Junior World Championship pool match against Fiji today. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Ireland U-20 38 Fiji U-20 0: There is a Latin phrase ‘omne trium perfectum,’ which translates as everything that comes in threes is perfect or complet(...)

 Ireland’s Jack O’Donoghue will be hoping to lead the team into the semi-finals. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Ireland coach Mike Ruddock has made four changes to the Ireland team for their World Under-20 Championship Pool defining game against Fiji at the QBE (...)

 Garry Ringrose looks to avoid traffic Ireland’s 37-21 win over in Wales. Photograph: Simon Watts/Getty Images

Ireland’s 35-21 victory over Wales this morning coupled with New Zealand losing to South Africa leaves Mike Ruddock’s side on the cusp of qualifying f(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Larissa Muldoon touches down to score a try during the Six Nations match against England at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby round-up: Ireland’s hopes of defending the Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam and Triple Crown ended at Twickenham on Saturday evening as Englan(...)