Daniel Leavy scores UCD’s  sixth try against Garryowen at the Belfield Bowl where the students triumphed 45-19. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork Constitution continued their strong start to 2016 with a 32-0 bonus point win over a disappointing Old Belvedere side at Temple Hill. Brian Hick(...)

UCD’s Adam Byrne skips past Steve McMahon of Garryowen on his way to scoring their third try of the game in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A game at Belfield Bowl. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

UCD 45 Garryowen 19 It was business as usual at the Belfield Bowl where Ulster Bank League Division 1A pacesetters UCD swept Garryowen aside in a 45-(...)

Ian Madigan new deal with Bordeaux-Bègles is believed to be at least €500,000 a season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ian Madigan’s understandable decision to sign a two-year contract with Union Bordeaux-Bègles (UBB) brings Irish rugby to a crossroads. Whether the 26(...)

UCD’s Peadar Timmins scores his try in the second half. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

UCD will take in the Christmas break as Ulster Bank League Division 1A leaders after maintaining their winning form with a 20-12 defeat of Old Belvede(...)

UCD came from behind against Garryowen in Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

UCD may have been in free-scoring form of late in Ulster Bank League Division 1A, but they showed their ability to win a tight contest when c(...)

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(...)