Ireland’s CJ Stander is  tackled by Taulupe Faletau and Gethin Jenkins of Wales during the Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Cromie/Inpho

The one thing you can say for Christiaan Johan Stander is that he makes a habit of making a first impression. On his debut start for Munster against G(...)

Connacht’s Nathan White in a ruck during Ireland squad training at Carton House on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As pivotal openers go, this looks fairly pivotal alright. If Ireland lose, they will be looking down the barrel of successive visits to Paris, in just(...)

Munster stand-in captain CJ Stander has been in excellent form for the province this season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

CJ Stander could be set for a surprisingly swift full debut for Ireland against Wales on Sunday. The South African-born backrower is likely to be nam(...)

Old Belvedere winger Elise O’Byrne-White earns her first international start against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Seeking a positive spin on the defending Six Nations back line being stripped bare as the Sevens game takes priority? Opportunity for others, of cour(...)

Hollywoodrath is a development of three and four-bedroom brick-fronted homes in Dublin 15 that launches today. Developer Regency is a relative newc(...)

Not only does Simon Zebo “put bums on seats”, as Conor Murray said last week, but he sells shirts, as well as scores tries.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Fears that the departure of Ian Madigan and Marty Moore would precipitate further exits have been allayed. The flood has been stemmed to a trickle. (...)

Simon Zebo has signed a new deal at Munster, the IRFU has confirmed. Photo: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Simon Zebo has signed a two year deal that will see him remain with Munster until at least June 2018, the IRFU has confirmed. Zebo is the latest of a(...)

Scrumhalf Conor Murray takes a selfie with young supporters during Ireland’s open training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Contract-wrangling used to be a relatively private affair in Irish rugby, with the odd exception. Now, it has managed to find a more public forum as p(...)

Darren Sweetnam will make his for competitive appearance for Munster against Zebre. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Guninness Pro12 League Zebre v Munster Stadio Lanfranchi, Saturday, 2.0pm TG4 Former Cork intercounty hurler, schools hockey international and Ir(...)

Andrew Trimble is supported by Craig Gilroy during the Champions Cup match against Oyonnax: Ulster bring their wingers into the game at every  opportunity. Photo:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

With eight days to go to the Six Nations I wonder about Ireland. Is it style first, then player selection? Or is it the other way around? Why is this (...)