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(...)

Irish international Paula Fitzpatrick: hoping for Irish Women’s team’s first victory in France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paula Fitzpatrick will note some familiar faces in the blue of France when she lines up for the anthems ahead of the Women’s Six Nations Championship(...)

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(...)

Seán O’Brien took a full part in Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andrew Trimble (shoulder), Simon Zebo (knee) and Johnny Sexton (shoulder) all sat out training at Carton House on Tuesday but are expected to train on(...)

Paul O’Connell celebrates scoring on his Ireland debut. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland v Wales, Lansdowne Road, 2002 An impressive starting point to an immense career, he was driven over for a try on his debut against Wales but (...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander with Jack McGrath at the end of the Six Nations game against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Brutal collisions of bone and muscle, where the gainline was often measured in millimetres of turf, the physical toll equally exacting whether in pos(...)

The new law application came into effect in the Southern Hemisphere on January 1st and will apply in Northern Hemisphere from June 1st.  Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The current Six Nations Championship will be the last under which the old law governing the lineout maul will pertain. The days of teams kicking pena(...)

Ireland’s Will Connors is tackled by Harrison Keddie of Wales during the Under 20 Six Nations clash at Donnybrook. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland Under-20s 24 Wales Under 20s 35 This defeat will smart, Ireland left to reflect on the number of points, 21 or thereabouts, that they (...)

From fullback to number eight, John O’Sullivan looks at how the individual battles might unfold(...)

George North: “I want to be on the wing. I want to have that space to run at people.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In some respects it’s a throwback to childhood and the ‘give it to the big lad,’ philosophy of mini-rugby. But there comes a time when the big lad ha(...)