Sean O’Brien will make his return to action for the Ireland Wolfhounds against England Saxons at Musgrave Park tomorrow night. (Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan)

There is a complex masterplan, we’re just not privy to it. Here’s what we do know. Keith Earls, not Luke Fitzgerald, is being looked at for outside(...)

Captains for Six Nations, clockwise from top: Paul O’Connell, Chris Robshaw, Thierry Dusautoir, Greig Laidlaw, Sam Warburton and Sergio Parisse. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 1:08

Two events – from a personnel perspective – will define the opening fortnight of Ireland’s Six Nations against Italy in Rome and France at the Aviva S(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has said flanker Sean O’Brien could be in line to make his return in the early stages of the Six Nations. (Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne) 1:08

Sean O’Brien is on course to feature in the first half of Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations title defence, according to boss Joe Schmidt. The 27-year-old flanke(...)

Kieran Marmion: “Joe doesn’t really take any backward steps. When you are in here you really have to know what is going on. You have to know the detail. They won’t wait for you. That certainly does take some getting used to. You have to adapt quickly or else you get left behind.”

Isaac Boss has not started in a Six Nations match for over seven years. Eoin Reddan and Conor Murray are injury concerns with the Irish management moo(...)

Ian Madigan, who may play at outhalf on Friday for the Wolfhounds, will be looking to bounce back after uncharacteristically missing four kicks against Wasps. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As Joe Schmidt seeks a solution to his outhalf problem for the first of the Six Nations Championship games in Rome, Irish management will look to Ian (...)

Wasps duo Andy Goode and Christian  tangle with Leinster’s  Luke Fitzgerald   during the European Rugby Champions Cup game  at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Luke Fitzgerald believes none of Europe’s big guns will want to face Leinster in a Champions Cup quarter-final – home or away.The Leinster centre’s de(...)

Matt O’Connor could have been forgiven a wry smile last Saturday night. Whereas Ulster and Munster had conceded 93 points between them in exiting the (...)

Rarely has the Irish presence at Europe’s top table been so imperilled. As the last Irish team standing in the European Champions Cup, it is up to Lei(...)

Leinster strength & conditioning coach Daniel Tobin puts Seán O’Brien and Cian Healy through their paces at UCD as they continue their bid to regain full fitness. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Win at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday and Leinster will have survived the worst plague of injuries in their history. They have reached the juncture they(...)

Jack Conan has been rewarded for a series of standout  displays for Leinster with a place in an extended 46-man Ireland and Wolfhounds squad. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Conan’s standout season with Leinster has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s extended 46-man Ireland squad for the opening Six Nations g(...)