Jamie Heaslip leads his Leinster team onto the field before their Champions Cup match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The redrawn European club map in the shape of the European Champions Cup was driven by the Anglo-French club axis to ensure that the bigger economies (...)

Leinster might be able to obtain a licence to sell alcohol inside the Aviva Stadium for a Good Friday quarter-final, but there would still be a huge loss economically to the local area. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Leinster are adamantly opposed to their European Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath at the Aviva Stadium taking place on Good Friday. The qua(...)

 Kieran Marmion breaks free to scores his Connacht’s opening try against La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 6. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has received some encouraging news with the last scrumhalf standing, Connacht’s Kieran Marmion, fit to train this week with the Irish s(...)

“It is a load of nonsense and, frankly, more irritating than anything else,” says Independent TD Michael Lowry. Photograph: Brian Arthur/Press 22

Independent TD Michael Lowry has described as “political correctness gone mad” media reaction to his lobbying for the reappointment of public relatio(...)

Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon and Pro12 chief executive John Feehan. Feehan said “I am certain that we will sell it out even if there is no Irish team in the final, although, frankly I’d be quite surprised if there wasn’t”. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Arrange it and they will come is the Pro12 mantra for this season as the final has been confirmed for Belfast on Saturday May 30th. Organisers say th(...)

Dave Foley in action for Munster in their Champions Cup clash against Sale at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Forwards Rhys Ruddock and Dave Foley both face a race against time to make Ireland’s opening Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome on Saturday week(...)

The Dail Chamber.  TDs  will always expect to receive or make phone calls of a highly or sensitive nature.

There are sound historic reasons why a TD should not be arrested when travelling to and from Leinster House. The rule was forged when the heat of the (...)

Ulster will be desperarte to reach the Pro12 final as Kingspan, Belfast has been selected as the choosen host. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Ulster will host the first Guinness Pro12 ‘destination final’ as organisers opt to do away with the previous format of awarding the highest placed fin(...)

Andy Murray: took grilling over his forthcoming wedding in good spirits.  Photograph:  Issei Kato/Reuters

Gary Lineker looked a bit glum yesterday. On a weekend overflowing with FA Cup thrills and spills, the BBC ended up with Bristol City 0, West Ham 1, a(...)

Andy Goode of Wasps misses a drop goal in the last minute  to win the game. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps 20 Leinster 20 Rarely will an away draw to secure qualification for the last eight have felt so hollow, even if yesterday’s events woul(...)