Darragh Fanning is tackled by Edinburgh’s Ben Toolis during Leinster’s 16-9 defeat at Meggetland. Photograph: Inpho

Edinburgh 16 Leinster 9 Leinster came to Scotland with hopes of opening their Guinness Pro12 campaign on a positive note but against an Edinbur(...)

Nigel Carolan: “The World Cup is essentially five games in three weeks whereas during the Six Nations we had five games over two months. It’s very condensed, very intense.” Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Stripped bare of expectation Ireland begin their Under-20 World Championship campaign against Argentina next Tuesday afternoon in Parma fuelled not by(...)

Ross Byrne: played in last year’s tournament and started all five games in this year’s Under-20 Six Nations. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Ireland’s hopes for the Junior World Championship in Italy next week have received a setback with the withdrawal of outhalf Ross Byrne. Byrne, who pl(...)

Munster’s Donnacha Ryan: with the World Cup looming the secondrow could benefit from playing for Emerging Ireland at the Tbilisi Cup in June. Photograph: Inbpho

As the World Cup looms ever closer representative playing outlets become a cherished commodity for those looking to impress Ireland coach Joe S(...)

Ireland’s Jeremy Loughman is tackled by the Wales duo of  Dillon Lewis and Luke Garrett during the Under-20 Six Nations match at Parc Eirias in  Colwyn Bay. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wales Under-20 19 Ireland Under-20 12 Ireland will reflect on a scrappy, mistake-laden display with huge disappointment as they failed to repre(...)

Ireland U-20s centre Garry Ringrose skips past Will Owen of England during the recent clash at Donnybrook. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There will be a cathartic element for Ireland in returning to the test arena in Colwyn Bay following the frustration and disappointment of losing t(...)

Ireland U20 captain Nick  McCarthy says the team is “just focused” on Friday’s Six Nations game against England in Donnybrook. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Following comprehensive victories over Italy and defending champions France, expectations will be high for the Ireland U20s when they welcome England(...)

 Ireland’s Steven Fitzgerald bursts past  Lucas Meret to score his Six Nations debut try against  France in Athlone. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Ireland U20 37 France U20 20 Swashbuckling back play, a robust carrying game around the fringes and tremendous character in defence were the pr(...)

 Ireland’s Cian Romaine scores a try against Italy in Biella.  Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli / Inpho

Italy 15 Ireland 47Ireland had not lost to Italy in seven previous meetings in the Under-20 Six Nations but they must have feared they were in a for t(...)

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose is one of the talented backs in the Ireland under-20 team to play Italy. Photograph: Inpho.

Under-20 Six Nations Championship Italy Under-20s v Ireland Under-20s Stadio Pozzi Lamamora (Friday, 6.0, Irish time) A five-inch blanke(...)