Munster’s Rory Scannell tackles Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Johnny Sexton had barely trained since the Six Nations. Still, 16 flawless points on Saturday night ensured questions were being asked about Munster (...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip tackles Munster’s Ian Keatley Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Dave Kilcoyne’s quick tap and Ian Keatley’s missed penalty kick appear to have snatched victory, or at least a draw, from Munster’s grasp. Anthony Fo(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton scores his sides first try Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Leinster 16 Munster 13 Johnny Holland is the same age Johnny Sexton was when the undisputed Ireland number 10 began to move through the ranks. In t(...)

Ireland and Leinster player Jack McGrath at the launch of IRUPA’s ‘Tackle Your Feelings Mental Wellbeing Campaign at  St Mary’s College in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

St Mary’s RFC. Blue jersey all alone on a peg. Burly prop pounds a tackle bag in slow motion. Something isn’t right. Glazed gaze, eyes closing: “When (...)

Leinster scrumhalf Eoin Reddan played for his native province Munster for two seasons from 2003 to ’05 before joining London Wasps for four years.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland team photo on the Lansdowne pitch and Johnny Sexton is late. The boys clap, hoop and holler. One absolute legend leaps dramatically from his (...)

Sene Naoupu in action for Ireland in the Women’s Six Nations Championship. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Sunday lunchtimes in Donnybrook. Ireland versus Italy and Scotland. Much work needed on the skills front. Plenty of sevens players learning to play ru(...)

Shane Duffy: “I just tried to go out there, pull the shirt on for Ireland and perform. It was a proud day.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In May 2010 a teenager named Shane Duffy switched allegiance from Northern Ireland to the Republic. The Derry centre half was instantly added to the (...)

Leinster coach Girvan Dempsey remains confident Cian Healy and Seán O’Brien will regain the performance and fitness levels that allowed them play such(...)

Irish internationals Hannah Tyrrell and Jack McGrath with Dr Eddie Murphy, clinical psychologist and Tackle Your Feelings adviser, Zurich’s Elaine Hayes and Omar Irupa chief executive Hassanein at the launch of the Tackle Your Feelings campaign on Monday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The pay increase for players contracted to Ireland’s provincial rugby academies from €4,000 to €8,000 is seen as a welcome development by Irupa chief (...)

Irish internationals Hannah Tyrrell and Jack McGrath with Dr Eddie Murphy, clinical psychologist and Tackle Your Feelings adviser, Zurich’s Elaine Hayes and Omar Irupa chief executive Hassanein at the launch of the Tackle Your Feelings campaign on Monday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The pay increase for players contracted to Ireland’s provincial rugby academies from €4,000 to €8,000 is seen as a welcome development by Irupa chief (...)