Seán O’Brien is back in the Leinster squad for the Champions Cup campaign. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

There has been an upsurge in ticket sales for Ireland’s World Cup warm-up home matches against Scotland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium following on f(...)

Connacht have made three teams to the team to face Cardiff on Friday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Last week’s try scorer Tiernan O’Halloran has retained his place for Connacht’s trip to Cardiff on Friday night, moving out to the wing to make space (...)

Tiernan O’Halloran will get his first start of the season at fullback in Sunday’s match at the Sportsground. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Coach Pat Lam has made two personnel changes to his Connacht side for a match the home side will be targeting. Treviso at the Sportsground on Sunday (...)

Tiernan O’Halloran will make his first Connacht start of the season against Bennetton Treviso on Sunday. Photograph:INPHO

Anthony Foley has made seven changes for Munster’s Pro 12 fixture against Glasgow Warriors at Musgrave Park on Saturday night. Denis Hurley is set to (...)

Tommy O’Donnell returns to the Munster starting line up for Saturday’s Pro 12 fixture against Scarlets. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Anthony Foley has named eight changes to his Munster side for Saturday’s game away at Scarlets, with the some of the province’s international cohort r(...)

 Nathan White: back in the Connacht line-up for the visit to Scarlets. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Sunday’s match in west Wales has huge ramifications for this season’s Guinness Pro12. The Scarlets, who trail their visitors by five points, know t(...)

Robbie Henshaw will miss Connacht’s vital European Chellenge Cup game at La Rochelle with an ankle injury he picked up in last weekend’s defeat to Exeter. (Photograph:  INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Connacht head to play La Rochelle on Saturday needing a win to keep their hopes of progression into the quarter finals of the European Challenge Cup (...)

 Robbie Henshaw not available to Connacht this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw will not make the starting line-up for the European Challenge Cup clash with French Top 14 side Bayonne at the Sportsground (...)

Keith Earls at a Munster squad training session at University of Limerick, Limerick in October. The winger has never played under Joe Schmidt for Ireland. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Keith Earls’ international injury nightmare could be about to come to an end with the Munster winger on track for a January return which could leave (...)

 Tiernan O’Halloran of Connacht (green) is set to undergo knee surgery. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Connacht’s Tiernan O’Halloran will undergo knee surgery on Wednesday and miss another three to four weeks of rugby. The wing has what the province de(...)