Kurt McQuilkin won five caps for Ireland in the 1995-96 season and played 40 times for Leinster.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kurt McQuilkin is to take up a temporary role for July and August as defence coach with Leinster. The former Leinster and Irish centre, and one-time (...)

 Robbie  Henshaw scored the season-defining try with a high take and adroit touchdown off Conor Murray’s box kick against England. And, with that, a new Irish midfield star was born. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s been interesting and, let’s be honest, at times it’s been dull too. Much of the rugby has been ho-hum, and the provinces had a decidedly mixed ba(...)

Stuart Hogg beats the tackles of Munster’s Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne to set up Glasgow’s third try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO.

No one could begrudge Glasgow this triumph. This was the culmination of four years contesting the knock-out stages, and whereas Munster were completin(...)

Outstanding: South African CJ Stander, who will be eligible to play for Ireland after the World Cup, shows off one of the seven man-of-the-match awards he has won this season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

He’s the man now. The man with nine tries to his name this season. A hoarder of seven man-of-the-match awards this season. Munster’s first overseas pl(...)

 Face off: Munster captain  Denis Hurley and Glasgow Warriors’ captain Josh Strauss   ahead of today’s Guinness Pro12 final in  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It wasn’t quite meant to be like this, for Ulster desperately wanted to showcase their team as well as their impressively redeveloped home ground. Bu(...)

Joe Schmidt says the experience of Less Kiss will be invaluable when selecting Ireland’s squad for this year’s World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

In the aftermath of the disappointing Irish performance and defeat to the Barbarians in Thomond Park on Thursday night, Joe Schmidt gave little pointe(...)

Australian centre Andrew Smith will move on from Munster after playing an important part in their run to the Guinness Pro 12 final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All the fanfare will revolve around the big fella in the number five jersey, whereas in keeping with his highly efficient if understated season with M(...)

Paul O’Connell will join Toulon until 2017 when the World Cup finishes after 14 years playing with Munster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

As has become increasingly apparent, Paul O’Connell is to finish his playing career with a two-year stay at Toulon. French sources have confirmed t(...)

Barbarians’ Wynand Oliver and Gerhard Vosloo tackle Ireland’s Colm O’Shea during the friendly match at Thomond Park.

Joe Schmidt admitted any prospective citing against Jack McGrath for his 32nd minute knee into the back of the Barbarians’ Georgian lock Konstantin Mi(...)

Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)