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(...)

Simon Zebo hard at it during the Ireland rugby squad training session at Tucumán Universitario Rugby Club ahead of the second and final Test against Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is a sense of this being a bit more like the real deal. Both sides expect improved performances on last week’s first Test and although football (...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell and coach Joe Schmidt during today’s team announcement in Tucaman. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Joe Schmidt has made seven changes to the Ireland starting XV for Saturday’s second test against Argentina in what is a strikingly more experienced si(...)

Ireland new cap Robbie Diack. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By Gerry ThornleyAs expected, the South African-born Robbie Diack, who qualifies by residency, will make his debut for Ireland against Argentina on Sa(...)

Craig Clarke in action against Leinster during this season’s RaboDirect Pro 12 clash at the Showgrounds. 	Photograph: Inpho

Craig Clarke’s retirement from rugby was confirmed yesterday by Connacht. The 30-year-old New Zealander was stood down after the Saracens match in Jan(...)

UCD celebrate promotion to Div 1A last May. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

UCD began their rugby scholarship programme in September 1997. Brian O’Driscoll was an inaugural recipient (cutting short a sojourn in Ibiza to emb(...)

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 (...)

UCD’s Conor Gilsenan is tackled by Darren Sweetnam of Dolphin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

UCD produced an outstanding second half display to record a bonus point victory and move back to the top of the Ulster Bank League Division 1 A table (...)

There was a distinct pattern of struggle against the odds in the life and work of Graham Neale, who has died aged 84.Professor of clinical medicine at(...)

Leinster’s Jack McGrath has seen his early-season form rewarded by a call-up to the Ireland squad for the Autumn Internationals. Photograph; Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The DNA of the Ireland squad, chosen by national coach Joe Schmidt, for the November test series can be traced to the final match in last season’s Six(...)