Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster in Saturday evening’s crunch Pro 12 clash with Munster at the Aviva Stadium. In total Leo Cullen has made nine c(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering the importance of our provincial derbies to the Guinness Pro12 and Europe, it’s the individual that has caught my attention. There’s no (...)

Kieran Marmion touches down to score Connacht’s try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at the  Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 The Sportsground has possibly never heard a roar like the one which greeted Caolin Blade kicking the ball dead from his own i(...)

Leinster coach Girvan Dempsey remains confident Cian Healy and Seán O’Brien will regain the performance and fitness levels that allowed them play such(...)

The Irish team is expected to be unchanged for the visit of Scotland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rory Best’s calf strain remains the biggest impediment to Joe Schmidt retaining the same starting XV from last Saturday’s record-breaking 58-15 win o(...)

Jamie Heaslip touches down in a tangle of arms and legs to finish off a memorable Ireland move that started deep in their own half.  Photograph: Alan Betson

On Friday I wrote about IRFU performance director David Nucifora’s definition of talent whilst bemoaning the perceived gap between our game and the ga(...)

Jared Payne is set to link up with Robbie Henshaw for Ireland’s game against Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Simon Zebo and Jared Payne are set to be restored to a more familiar looking Irish line-up around lunchtime on Thursday, when Joe Schmidt unveils Ire(...)

The Jaguares’ Martin Landajo in action against the Toyota Cheetahs at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

There’s one major lesson I learned as the scores rolled in last weekend. Political parties are no different from a myriad of sporting organisations. (...)

Stuart McCloskey in action against England: “An infusion of fresh talent can  galvanise more established members of a squad.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The infusion of new, young players in any team sport is invariably hailed by pundits and supporters, especially if results have taken a turn for the w(...)

Mick Kearney starts for Leinster against Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

With the core of his squad away on international duty Leo Cullen has named a relatively inexperienced side for Sunday’s trip to play Zebre. With Co(...)