Dave O’Callaghan: returns at openside flanker for Munster against Ospreys. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For both sides it’s a matter of who can patch up better. Munster have five on international duty while Ospreys have eight. In that pre-game match up (...)

Tipperary’s James Barry is brought out to centre back with Tomás Hamill getting a run at full back against Dublin at Thurles. Photograph: Alan Betson
Weekend GAA previews

SATURDAY (Matches at 7.0 unless stated) AIB All-Ireland club SFC semi-finals Ballyboden St Enda’s (Dublin) v Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary), O’(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team to play Ospreys on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has made four changes to the side that defeated Zebre for this Sunday’s visit of Ospreys . Three of those changes a(...)

France’s Virimi Vakatawa is held up by Italy’s Gonzalo Garcia at the Stade De France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Expect to witness very clever Irish actions that will incite French reaction, especially from the Fijian number 11 Virimi Vakatawa. I was filled full (...)

The Ireland team shows three changes and a positional switch from that beaten by Wales for Friday night’s Under-20 Six Nations Championship clash wit(...)

Coach Pat Lam talks to his players during a Connacht training session at the  Sportsground, Galway, this week. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Newport-Gwent Dragons v Connacht, Rodney Parade, 7.30pm TV: BBC Wales USA outhalf AJ MacGinty will make his fifth start in a Connacht jersey as coa(...)

Ireland manager Nigel Carolan expects an improvement from his team against France. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 head coach Nigel Carolan has named a much-changed team to face France on Friday in Narbonne, following last week’s home defeat to Wal(...)

Spring has sprung but premature ditching of hats and scarves would be unwise with cold conditions predicted until after the weekend with frost and icy patches most nights and the risk of sleet and snow. Photograph: Niamh Towey/The Irish Times

Spring has sprung but premature ditching of hats and scarves would be unwise with cold conditions predicted until after the weekend with frost and icy(...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss said of Paul O’Connell: “He’s just an icon and a man of great substance. When he spoke he was imposing and it was compelling.” Phptograph: Inpho

Naturally enough, it didn’t take long for Paul O’Connell’s retirement to feature at Ulster’s media day ahead of Friday’s Pro12 meeting with Glasgow Wa(...)

Team mates: Donnacha Ryan and Paul O’Connell on the pitch. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Player, friend, team-mate, educator, motivator and standard-bearer – Donnacha Ryan knew Paul O’Connell in each one of those guises. They rubbed shou(...)