Connacht coach Pat Lam has had to utilise his full squad for the Pro12 game at Thomond Park against Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Guinness Pro12 Munster v Connacht Thomond Park, 5.15 Live on Sky Sports 1 Scanning Connacht’s injury list and it’s not difficult to see how Pat Lam(...)

Simon Zebo has returned from international duty to the Munster team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster have named a strong side for the visit of Connacht on Saturday evening with Simon Zebo and Tommy O’Donnell both named in their starting fiftee(...)

Robbie Henshaw’s brilliant catch and try was the highlight of Ireland’s  19-9 Six Nations  win over England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1st. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Only two times has Ireland won the Six Nations Championship back to back and you would have had to thumb back the history book pages to 1949 to see th(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt at a press conference ahead of the Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff. 3:42

It’s been interesting to watch their relationship grow. Coming, in effect, from Leinster and Munster, there was an inevitable getting-to-know-you star(...)

The Irish team will be announced on Thursday after lunchtime /James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt will announce the Irish team to play Wales shortly after lunchtime today with just the one change expected from the side which defeated En(...)

“He’s smart, he’s got a good way about him, but he doesn’t accept people letting their team-mates down,” says Jono Gibbes, who was forwards’ coach for Joe Schmidt for three years at Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In last year’s 13-10 defeat to England in Twickenham, Ireland started the match with Peter O’Mahony, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip, Conor Murray, Johnny (...)

Tommy O’Donnell and Conor Murray in action during the Ireland open training session in Belfast. Photograph:  Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland cannot afford to base their Grand Slam bid on the “past glories” of the 2009 clean sweep, according to Tommy O’Donnell.O’Donnell watched Irel(...)

Iain Henderson: returned to the Ireland squad as a replacement against England following his recuperation from a hip injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The good word of Joe spreads to Belfast today as a reduced 17-man Ireland squad conduct an open training session, ably assisted by the Ulster Academy,(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell, playing his 99th international,  blocks down Ben Youngs of England. Photo: Inpho/Dan Sheridan 6:46

A final quarter dip by Ireland, or rally from England, may have taken some small sheen off this huge performance and victory, but their compelling sup(...)

Peter O’Mahony gets in ahead of Chris Robshaw in the lineout. Tommy O’Donnell had a hand in a complex move off a lineout shortly after coming on, showing the players’ knowledge of their roles. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO 6:46

Whether you have talent or not, in business or in sport, the most important predictor of success the world over is grit. On 28 minutes Paul O’Connell (...)