Ulster’s Craig Gilroy leaves the field with concussion during  a Heineken Cup match: the graduated return-to-play protocol enabled a team’s medical staff to declare a player fit to return to duty after six days. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Referees reported 26 suspected concussions in 425 matches during the 2014-15 Ulster Bank League (UBL), according to a memo from the IRFU to referees s(...)

Lansdowne head coach Mike Ruddock: doesn’t believe the loss of Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb to injury will have a massive impact on Wales’ chances at the World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Mike Ruddock knows a thing or two about winning trophies whether it’s with the Mumbles club and their Welsh Division Three South West title triumph t(...)

Clontarf’s Matt Darcy runs in a try at the Belfield Bowl. The player could play an important role for the Ireland Club international team in the coming weeks. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Clontarf 38 UCD 17 Matt D’Arcy heated up a bitterly cold Belfield Bowl with a terrific hat-trick of tries as Clontarf claimed a 38-17 bonus point win(...)

Saracens’ Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola tackle Munster’s Ian Keatley during the Champions Cup clash at Allianz Park, London. Photograph: James Crombie/Iinpho

Watching Munster on Saturday, I went from being sad to frustrated to angry. Part of everyone who has any interest in Munster knew this was coming b(...)

St Mary’s Robert Sweeney and Graeme Lawlor of Cork Constitution during the Division 1A AIL game at Templeville Road. Photograph: Inpho.

Terenure College were in seventh heaven at Musgrave Park on Saturday as they enjoyed their second successive bonus-point victory over Munster oppositi(...)

Conor Owende of Old Belvedere takes a lineout catch during the Ulster Bank  Division 1A clash against  St Mary’s College at Anglesea Road. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1A round-up: Conor McKeon was the hero for Lansdowne as his nerveless injury-time penalty decided today’s low-scoring top (...)

Clontarf’s Tadhg Furlong in action for the club against UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The IRFU today announced the return of semi-finals and final - Division 1A - to the Ulster Bank League club rugby landscape and also an extension in(...)

Dungannon’s Paul Magee and UL’s Rory White during the Division 1B clash. UL-Bohs won 29-13.  Photo: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Right-wing Michael McGrath crossed for a hat-trick of tries to help Clontarf secure a bonus-point 46-28 victory over Young Munster and maintain their (...)

Jack McGrath during yesterday’s run-out at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rodney O’Donnell uses the words “quiet assassin” to describe Jack McGrath. It’s a term of endearment and there is no mistaking the warmth in O’Donnell(...)

 Connacht’s Craig Ronaldson. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Craig Ronaldson has signed a two-year professional deal with Connacht. Named as last season’s AIL Division 1A Player of the Year and finishing as the(...)