Rhys Ruddock suffered injury against Harlequins in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s truncated season has been ended by a recurrence of the arm problem which has sidelined him for all but two games since mid-December.(...)

Tommy O’Donnell breaks away from the Italian defence to score Ireland’s second try at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty 2:48

I start where I left off on Friday – patient play with green grass field position in mind, allied to Italy’s non-engagement in the breakdown, will pro(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action: the scrumhalf has  been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Murray and Dave Kearney, two constants in last season’s victorious Six Nations side, have been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Sat(...)

Munster hammered Sale Sharked 65-10 in their final Champions Cup group game but were already out of the competition. (Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley admitted his side’s 65-10 thumping of Sale at Thomond Park felt “bittersweet” as their hopes of making the European (...)

 Andrew Smith makes his Munster debut tomorrow. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Munster have been unable to select short-term signing Eusebio Guinazu for tomorrow’s opening Pro 12 fixture against Edinburgh at Thomond Park.The Arg(...)

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(...)