Stuart McCloskey: the highly-rated Ulster centre will be in action for Emerging Ireland against Russia. Photo: Kevin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland’s participation in the IRB Nations Cup – they played in the Tiblisi Cup last year – is fundamentally to secure a competitive outlet for what m(...)

Denis Hurley scores Munster’s second try during the RaboDirect Pro12 game away to Edinburgh at  Meggetland. Photograph: Robert Perry/Inpho

Edinburgh 12 Munster 55: Munster took a giant step towards a home semi-final in the RaboDirect Pro12 play-offs with a comprehensive victory at Edinbur(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt and captain Paul O’Connell at today’s team announcement at Carton House. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Luke Marshall or Gordon D’Arcy debate; a natural inside centre or a brilliant rugby player with a wealth of experience continues. “Gordon had a li(...)

Six of Donal Walsh’s best friends walk beside the coffin as it makes its way from the young man’s home to St John’s Church in Tralee for yesterday’s funeral. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Mourners at the funeral of inspirational teenager Donal Walsh yesterday heard his mother Elma c(...)

Ireland Rugby Squad Training, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare 11/3/2013Jonathan Sexton during today's trainingMandatory Credit �INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

The latest glut of injuries in camp Ireland have been offset by Jonathan Sexton being declared “fully fit to train” today after completing four(...)