Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray  crashes through the tackle from Justin Tipuric of Wales to score the opening try during the RBS Six Nations match  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland 16 Wales 16 Ireland and Wales don’t do dull, and don’t do predictable, and so it continued in this entertaining Six Nations opener at the Avi(...)

Mayo’s defeat to Cork last weekend was overshadowed somewhat by the controversy regarding Lee Keegan’s concussion at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Saturday (All matches 2pm unless stated) Allianz League Division One Mayo v Dublin, McHale Park, 7.0 – Viewed in a certain way it possibly suits(...)

Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale is tackled by Dragons’ Angus O’Brien during the Guinness Pro12 at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 17 Dragons 15 At least the sense of injustice north of the Border at the exclusion of both Stuart McCloskey and Paddy Jackson from Joe Schmi(...)

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(...)

Sammy Arnold: “It was a difficult decision to leave but given Ulster’s depth of talent in midfield, I feel it’s the right time for me to make the move.” Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster have confirmed that centre Sammy Arnold will join Munster on a two-year deal this summer. The 19-year-old former Irish Exiles player from Surr(...)

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(...)

Paddy Jackson will not feature for Ireland against Wales after he was named in Ulster’s squad for their game against the Dragons on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Paddy Jackson is to miss out on Ireland’s squad for Sunday’s Six Nations opener against Wales after he was named in the Ulster 23 for their fixture on(...)

Ruan Pienaar and Robbie Diack (R) both start for Ulster against the Dragons. Photograph: Inpho

Despite having a number of high profile absentees due to injury and international duty, Ulster boss Les Kiss has been able to name a strong line-up fo(...)

Louis Ludik has signed a contract extension with Ulster. Photograph: Getty

Ulster have announced South African utility back Louis Ludik has signed a contract extension. 29-year-old Ludik, who joined Ulster from French side A(...)

Dylan Hartley: “I am me. It’s there in print for you to see what I’ve done wrong and what I’ve been guilty of.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Whether England succeed or fail under their new captain, Dylan Hartley, they are entering a very different style of regime. Eddie Jones has already s(...)