Ireland’s fullback Andrew Conway eludes the tackle of  Japan winger Kenki Fukuoka  during the Test match in Tokyo. Photograph: kazuhiro Nogi/Getty

Ireland 35 Tries: G Ringrose, K Marmion, R Ruddock, J van der Flier, S Reidy Cons: P Jackson (5) Japan 13 Tries: K Matsushima, A Yamada Pen: J Og(...)

Joe Schmidt and members of the Irish squad  in Japan. The successful tour has helped to blood fresh Irish talent.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Face contorted as sharp instructions are barked, subtle nods and hand signals exchanged with fitness guru Jason Cowman, Corporal Schmidt during the I(...)

Ireland players and management pose for a photo with sumo wrestlers at Shikoroyama-beya in Koto-ward in Tokyo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

For this dry run ahead of the 2019 World Cup, it’s long established that Paddy Jackson would feature at outhalf against Japan on Saturday at the Shizu(...)

James Ryan  goes over for Ireland’s seventh try during the Test match against the US Eagles at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

USA 19 Ireland 55 Amateurs mostly, some gathered from other sports, literally swept aside by professionals. The US Eagles, stocked with collegiate p(...)

 Ireland’s James Ryan scores a try just after his introduction in the second half. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

USA 19 Ireland 55 A US Eagles team stocked with collegiate athletes proved no match for Ireland’s coming generation. None at all, and Joe Schmidt pr(...)

Ireland’s Joey Carbery gets in some kicking practice at the Red Bull Arena, New Jersey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

US Eagles v Ireland, Red Bull Arena, Saturday, 10pm (Irish time) – live Eir Sport Spoken like a true disciple, Rhys Ruddock delivered the gospel acco(...)

Jacob Stockdale (left) will make his Ireland debut against the US Eagles in New Jersey on Saturday night while James Ryan has been named among the replacements. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named five uncapped players to face the US Eagles on Saturday in Harrison, New Jersey (kick-off 10pm Irish time, Live on(...)

Joe Schmidt: “The door is never closed on a player playing externally. But it becomes a very difficult calculation.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

For those who missed the memo, the IRFU policy of not selecting players that venture overseas has hardened. “That’s probably a fair summation,” said (...)

Scarlets secondrow Tadhg Beirne scores his side’s fourth try  in the Guinness Pro 12 Final against Munster at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Scarlets 46 Munster 22 This was not the final that had been anticipated, in any way, shape or form. But not alone did Scarlets poop Leinster’s party (...)

Munster’s Ian Keatley takes some kicking practice at the Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster Rugby v Scarlets Venue: Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 6.15pm. On TV: Live on Sky Sports, TG4 and BBC Wales. The 2017 Guinness Pro12 final may (...)