CJ Stander: Munster skipper has been widely tipped to step straight into the Ireland squad for next year’s Six Nations. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

CJ Stander’s hopes of stepping straight into the Ireland squad have already taken a step forward after he met with coach Joe Schmidt last week. The ne(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores his side’s  fifth try of the Pro12 game against Ulster at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Munster assistant coach Brian Walsh said it is inevitable that any of their star players coming out of contract will be linked to moves to other clubs(...)

Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino is tackled by Australia’s Bernard Foley during their Rugby World Cup semi-final clash at Twickenham. Photo: David Davies/PA

Argetina outside back Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino is on the verge of joining Munster on a short-term deal after confirming the news to ESPN South America(...)

Joe Schmidt talks with captain Paul O’Connell ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match against England in  Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How best to approach a World Cup? On the back of two wins is preferable to two defeats, but at what price? Given the costly nature of Wales’ w(...)

Darren Cave is set to provide midfield cover for Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payneat the World Cup. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As has been the case with other World Cup squad selections, there was always going to be some risk-taking when Joe Schmidt and his coaches finalise(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces a number of difficult decisions when it comes to selecting his squad for the World Cup.

Some celebrated outside backs are likely to miss out on the Ireland 31-man squad when it is submitted to the World Cup organisers by 5pm on Monday. No(...)

Jordi Murphy would relish the chance to bury some of his boyhood backrow heroes at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

It’s more a challenge than a dilemma for Jordi Murphy to face the players he once looked up to when he was a teenager. More immediately to fight his w(...)

Stephen Ferris was arguably the most destructive flanker ever to play for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The cruelty of it all reverberates when realising Stephen Ferris only turned 30 this month. Probably the most destructive flanker to play for Irela(...)

Denis Hurley will miss the start of the season because of an ankle injury picked up in training last week. Photograph: Inpho

Tommy O’Donnell will discover the severity of his injury in the next couple of days when he visits a specialist to review his hip problem. O’Donnell w(...)

Ireland’s Chris Henry:   “Watch his early adoption of suitable body position as he puts himself into the ideal entry point over the ball.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Kilkenny’s extraordinary methodology makes hurling a super team sport; so too Joe Schmidt’s rugby but for me it’s off shore sailing epitomised by t(...)