Number eight Jack O’Sullivan has been ruled out  of the Under-20 Rugby World Championship along with tighthead prop. Photograph: Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland suffer big double blow ahead of tournament in France

South African referee Stuart Berry: Will rely on input from his officiating team in making decisions. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South African referee may be hands-off at the breakdown as Leinster take on Scarlets

 Diarmuid Barron, Caelan Doris and Matthew Agnew at the announcement of the  squad for the U-20 World Cup in France at Spencer Dock in Dublin yesterday. Inpho: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Caelan Doris chosen as captain as five uncapped players included in Ireland squad

Caelan Doris will captain Ireland in the under-20 World Championship in France. Photo: Inpho

Ronan Kelleher, Angus Curtis and Eoghan Clarke all miss out on the squad through injury

Ulster’s Charles Piutau. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho

Ulster v Ospreys preview: Kingspan stadium, Sunday (3.05, live on BBC 2)

Munster-bound Tadgh Beirne has been named secondrow for Scarlets. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Defending Pro14 champions won’t be cowed by hostile venue, but Scots could shade this

According to the official statistics James Ryan  did not miss a single tackle in the five European Champion Cup matches in which he started and the four when introduced as a replacement. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Secondrow played more minutes than any other Leinster player in Champions Cup campaign

Robbie Henshaw starts in midfield for Leinster against Racing 92. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John O’Sullivan runs the rule over Leo Cullen’s men ahead of their date with destiny

Racing 92’s electric French wing Teddy Thomas. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP

John O’Sullivan looks at the Parisians ahead of their clash with Leinster in Bilbao

Leinster players congratulating James Ryan after he scored a try against Scarlets.  The genesis of the try  was a sharp lineout move. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

One area in which Racing will have to improve massively is in discipline

Pro14 decider will now be played at 6pm on Saturday, May 26th

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour (left) will start in Bilbao with  James Lowe  (right) missing out. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jamison Gibson-Park and Rory O’Loughlin expected to be named in matchday squad

 Richie Murphy, Andy Farrell, Greg Feek and Joe Schmidt during a training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Feek will take up a position with Japanese club side Ricoh in the coming weeks

 Rory McIlroy plays a shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the  Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club  in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Two-time champion makes the cut despite struggling to 76

 Connacht’s Kieran Marmion, Munster’s Conor Murray, Leinster’s Josh van der Flier and Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee at an event to announce that Eir Sport has  secures broadcast rights to the  Pro 14. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

TG4 will broadcast 34 matches per season, but will not include Munster and Leinster derbies

The Rugby World Cup in a Dublin hotel at an   announcement of match venues. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland rugby matches in Rugby World Cup have to be free-to-air

 The Leinster team celebrate their Heineken Cup Final win in 2011.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If Leo Cullen's side can also lift the Pro14 title they would eclipse class of 2011

Ulster coach Jono Gibbes speaks to the media on Tuesday. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Some rugby reporters complained their ability to work had become compromised

Ulster rugby will not be allowing news journalists into Tuesday’s press conference. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster were unhappy with tone and line of questioning taken by some news reporters

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen says his team have had to adapt to a changing European landscape in the competition. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The collective matters more than any personal considerations for the Leinster players

Leinster’s Irish fly-half Johnny Sexton celebrates with teammates after scoring a try during the European Champions Cup rugby union semi-final between Leinster and Scarlets at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Barry Cronin/AFP/Getty Images

Scarlets dismantled with ruthless efficiency as Leinster learn from previous humiliation

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden  is tackled by Leigh Halfpenny, Rhys Patchell and Scott Williams of Scarlets during the Champions Cup semi-final  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

New Zealander believes knock-on call and try before half-time changed game

 Leinster players congratulate try scorer James Ryan/Morgan Treacy

Leinster make hay in Dublin sunshine as Scarlets blown away

Ulster’s Tommy Bowe: a huge tranche of the rugby community  would like to see him bow out in style in his final home match. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Iain Henderson has been handed captaincy, with Rory Best on the bench

Munster’s Keith Earls: his  remarkable rehabilitation from injury forced Johann van Graan to make a selection decision in the back three. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

French team possess some outstanding players in Teddy Thomas and Leone Nakarwara

Munster’s Keith Earls: if he recovers from the knee injury to take his place, it will be a massive boost for Munster. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

An examination of the players set to play a big part in their Champions Cup semi-finals

Tadhg Furlong has offloaded the ball more than any of his Leinster teammates. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Halfpenny and Sexton set for battle off the tee - but Maxime Machenaud leads the way

Rob Evans: “Being part of this team is like playing with your best mates. That’s the biggest thing for me, the feeling among us.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aviva Stadium and Leinster hold no fears for Pivac’s in-form Welsh side

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien is unlikely to feature again this season for the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster and Ireland flanker has been ridiculously unfortunate with injury this season

Scott Fardy: “You want to try to win trophies; you shouldn’t be playing if you don’t want to do that.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Australian enjoying his first season with Leinster and now has Scarlets in his sights

Leinster’s Ian Nagle and his team-mates during the shock home defeat to Benetton Treviso at the RDS. The visitors were 18-1 to register a victory.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Treviso become first Italian club to win in Dublin after error-ridden display by hosts

 Benetton’s Tommaso Iannone in action during his side’s win over  Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Welsh side that awaits Cullen’s men defeated province in last season’s Pro14 semi-final

Benetton are awarded a penalty at the scrum during their Pro14 win over Leinster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Sean O’Brien suffered more injury woe after a bang on the shoulder forced him to go off

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien: “He is a great voice defensively in the line because he’s so strong in around that ruck area.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Joey Carbery selected for first start this season as Leinster outhalf

John Goosen: will play for Montpellier next season but will be in the Cheetahs side to take on Munster in the PRO14 clash in South Africa. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Springbok starts for Cheetahs as Van Graan makes nine changes to visitors’ line-up

Former international Kurt McQuilkin in action for Bective Rangers against Ballymena. The club featured in Division Two of the All-Ireland League for many years. Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

Club must rebrand and focus on youth development in order to reclaim lost ground

Bective Rangers will lose their status as a senior club and drop into the Leinster Senior League Division 1A. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bective Rangers lose place as senior club as Garryowen and Clontarf vie for play-off spot

 Southern Kings’s Berton Klaasen (right) has played the  most minutes of any player in the Pro14 to date with a lung bursting, 1,410. Photograph: Inpho

Players who accumulate most Pro14 minutes tend not to be playing Test rugby

Dries Swanepoel of the Bulls evades the tackle of Andrew Kellaway of the Waratahs Swanepoel has signed a short term contract with Munster. Photo: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Province also confirmed Mike Sherry and Jeremy Loughman have extended contracts

Ireland’s Jimmy O’Brien runs with the ball during their Sevens match with Jamaica. Photo: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Winner of the repechage tournament will earn a place on elite World Sevens circuit

Former Leinster player Billy Dardis will captain Ireland in Hong Kong. Photograph: Inpho

Billy Dardis and his Irish team mates are one of 12 teams that will battle it out this weekend

Munster’s Conor Murray protests before being awarded a try during the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Toulon at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Zebo fortunate, durable Sexton, O’Mahony’s lineout nous, Arnold and O’Donoghue impress

Mathieu Bastareaud gave an honest assessment of Toulon’s defeat to Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster old boys Pau-er to Stade Francais win while Aviva pays tribute to Heaslip

Leinster’s Dan Leavy scores his  try. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Defending champions well beaten by clinical Leinster in Champions Cup quarter-final

 Leinster’s Jonathan  Sexton  celebrates scoring a try with Shane Horgan during the 2011 Heineken Cup Final victory over Northampton Saints at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster have come from behind at the interval three times to claim a semi-final spot

Maro Itoje of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at London Stadium last weekend. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Leinster coach familiar with most of the players his team will face in Champions Cup

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton: “Saracens are back-to-back champions and we are sort of striving to get back to where we were and become that champion team ourselves.” Photograph: Inpho

Leinster outhalf says back-to-back champions Saracens will not be fazed by Aviva

Nick McCarthy has been troubled by a knee injury and if he is unavailable then Jamison Gibson Park is likely to understudy Luke McGrath for the Saracens match. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Scrumhalf just one fitness concern for Saracens game as O’Brien and Ruddock return to training

Jordan Larmour is out of Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Jordan Larmour and Dave Kearney both out of Sunday’s Champions Cup quarter-final

How Munster’s Sam Arnold fares againstScarlets’ Scott Williams will be worth watching. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Absence of a string of big names puts additional pressure on Van Graan’s charges

Joey Carbery in action againt England at Twickenham. The outhalf will line out for Leinster at Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stckland/Inpho

Five Ireland stars return to starting XV, but Jordan Larmour out with leg injury

 Tom Maher and Seán Molony celebrate Blackrock College’s win at the  final whistle of the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final against Belvedere College at the  RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Defending champions were down 28-7 at the interval at the RDS

Belvedere’s David Hawkshaw is tackled by Tom Monaghan of Clongowes in last year’s Bank of Ireland Leinster Senior Cup semi-final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Champions Belvedere seeking to cement place in history with third successive crown

Jordan Larmour  during the  6 Nations match at Twickenham last weekend. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Grand Slam winner has no regrets about missing the U-20 World Cup to undergo surgery

Jacob Stockdale: the Ireland winger’s  seven tries proved a Six Nations record.  Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

Schmidt’s players top a host of categories at the end of a phenomenal 12 months

Leinster hope to complete the redevelopment of the RDS by September 2020. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho.

Redevelopment of RDS on hold until funding is secured

Robbie Henshaw: “Everything is going really well at the moment, roughly halfway there, so at least my target is that I’m not ruled out for the rest of the season.”  Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Leinster centre making good progress as he recovers from a dislocated shoulder

Donnybrook has a new name, with immediate effect. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The ground hosts Ireland Women and Ireland Under-20s in Six Nations Championship

Ireland captain Rory Best celebrates after leading his side to the Grand Slam with victory over England at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘When I was about to go on I got a bit nervous but it was a special feeling’ – Jordan Larmour

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal in the opening Six Nations clash with France. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

From Sexton’s drop goal to defence against England it was a campaign of highlights

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring his team’s third try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

He’s scored 11 tries in nine matches and is still a few weeks shy of his 22nd birthday

Ireland’s Conor Murray and Joey Carbery celebrate after Ireland beat England to complete the Grand Slam at Twickenham. Photo: WIll Oliver/EPA

Ireland manager and captain Rory Best pointed to the injection of youth as the key

England’s Joe Heyes score a try during the Under-20 Six Nations Championship match against Ireland at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Home side run in four tries in the fourth quarter in Coventry

England’s Kelly Smith is tackled by Katie Fitzhenry of Ireland during the Women’s Six Nations match at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Head coach Adam Griggs hoping to stay on ‘to build on what we have done so far’

Eoghan Clarke during the captain’s run at Donnybrook. The player  has been promoted to start against England. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Depending on results, Ireland can still win the Under-20s Six Nations tournament

Tadhg Furlong relaxing at the Irish team’s headquarters at Carton House in Co Kildare yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Focused prop preparing to lock horns with his fellow Lions Sinckler and Vunipola

Joe Schmidt: “I know it’s probably at the stage of being boring, which we don’t want to be described as, but the bubble we have here allows us to focus on the task in hand.”

“Those words don’t impact on how we play or how his team plays and that’s our focus”

 Iain Henderson will start at Twickenham. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Devin Toner drops to the bench for Saturday’s match against England

England’s Sam Simmonds has emphasised the importance of the breakdown battle.  “It’s frustrating, but it can only be improved by us. We know we have to be better at it.”  Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/getty

Repetition of impressive figures to date will go a long way to securing ultimate prize

Jacob Stockdale runs past Blair Kinghorn to score his second  try against Scotland. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

From schoolboy prodigy to try-scoring record breaker the Ireland wing is on the fast track

James Hume returns to Ireland’s right win in the side to face England.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jack Hume back on the wing as entire frontrow is rotated for Ricoh Arena game

Rob Kearney  sat out Ireland training at Carton House on Tuesday but is not in doubt for Saturday’s game against England. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Fullback being eased back in after Scotland game; Johnny Sexton trains fully

Ireland flanker Dan Leavy is tackled by Scotland’s prop Simon Berghan at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Grand Slam showdown will be young flanker’s first visit to fortress Twickenham

Garry Ringrose is tackled by Huw Jones during Ireland’s win over Scotland. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

Defensive tweaks and the silky brilliance of Ringrose ensured the spoils went to Ireland

Ireland’s Rob Kearney was the official man of the match. Photograph: Tom Honan/Irish Times

Rob Kearney rolls back the years, as young James Ryan backs up his growing reputation

Ireland’s Michael Silvester escapes the tackle from   with Ross Thompson of Scotland during last night’s Under-20 Six Nations Championship match at  Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Irish number eight Jack O’Sullivan plays key role with two tries as Scotland show fight

Declan Kidney and Les Kiss worked together with Ireland. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Kidney installed as director of rugby while Kiss will act as head coach

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose will make his first start of the 2018 Six Nations in the clash with Scotland. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

John O’Sullivan runs the rule over the 15 players selected to take on Scotland

Blair Kinghorn and Simon Berghan of Scotland with The Calcutta Cup after their Six Nations win over England at Twickenham. Photo: Getty Images

With just one change from their Calcutta Cup win Scotland will hope for another shock

Tommy O’Brien at the Ireland Under-20’s Captain’s Run in Donnybrook, Dublin on Thursday.   Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Under-20 Six Nations: element of squad rotation in coach Noel McNamara’s picks

Scotland’s Sean Maitland is tackled by England’s George Ford.  The Scots  like to play a high-tempo game, quick throws and tap penalties and on turnover ball, look to exploit any space out wide.Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

The concession of vital turnovers and penalties proved so costly to England’s hopes

‘The last 18 months is probably the most I have enjoyed rugby since I was about 13 years of age.’ Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Maturing winger believes communication is key to keeping Scotland at bay on Saturday

Tadhg Furlong looks set to return to the Irish team for this weekend’s clash with Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster wing Barry Daly has been called up as Andrew Conway struggles with knee issue

Sean O’Brien and Ultan Dillane of Connacht  training in  Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photograph: Frikkie Kapp/Inpho

Experience needed as South African side have lost only one match at home this season

The IRFU have revamped its concusssion protocols in line with the fifth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Players now advised to resume normal activities after 24-48 hours of complete rest

 Ulster’s head coach Jono Gibbes: “The decision to leave here is a difficult one professionally because I support the team and the staff, and I am excited for what the future holds for them.”  Photograph: Kevin Barnes/Inpho

Gibbes indicates he is returning to New Zealand rather than to any assignment in Australia

Ireland Under-20s’s Angus Curtis during his side’s victory over Italy. He says his side are still looking for a complete 80-minute performance. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Centre was standout Irish U20s player against Wales but could also excel at outhalf

There were four different players who wore the green 13 in the first five Test matches after O’Driscoll’s retirement.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Chris Farrell not blessed with good fortune and latest in long list of Ireland casualties

 Nigel Owens will officiate for Munster’s Champions Cup quarter-final against three-time tournament winners Toulon.

Nigel Owens will take charge of Munster’s calsh with Toulon, Owens reffing Leinster

Ireland’s Rory Best, Dan Leavy, James Ryan, Jacob Stockdale and Andrew Porter during the national anthems. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There’s so much to admire in Ireland’s win, despite white line fever and narrow defence

A dejected Wales team walk off the pitch after defeat in their Six Nations clash with Ireland. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Josh Navidi impressed but all in all Wales were outplayed in Dublin

James Davies: the Scarlets flanker has been released from the Welsh national squad and will line out against Ulster.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

If visitors’ pack can establish a suitable platform, backline have the nous to capitalise

Tiernan O’Halloran: returns to the Connacht side for the game against Benetton  Treviso. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Benetton without a host of players while visitors keen to make up for defeat to Zebre

Wales’ Max Williams celebrates scoring a try with teammates during their under-20s Six Nations clash with Ireland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The visitors came out on top after a high-scoring meeting of the underage sides

Chris Farrell comes in for the injured Robbie Henshaw. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s side will face Wales on Saturday with a mixture of youth and experience

Wales’ Dan Biggar during the kicker session at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin ahead of their Six Nations meeting with Ireland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

John O’Sullivan takes a look at the visiting side to take on Ireland at Lansdowne Road

Garry Ringrose: received a glowing report card from Ireland defensive coach Andy Farrell. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster seek to regain some Pro14 momentum at the RDS ahead of visit to Scarlets

James Hume  with Michael Lowry after their under-19 friendly match against Japan last March. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland Under-20 v Wales Under-20, Donnybrook (Friday, 7.15pm, live on RTÉ 2)

Wales coach Warren Gatland: took outright possession of the world record for a head coach in terms of Test matches against Tier 1 countries at Twickenham.  Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

New Zealander takes charges of Wales against Ireland for a record 100th Test match

Ireland’s Seán Cronin is tackled by Mattia Bellini during the convincing Six Nations win against  Italy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Hooker beginning to appreciate bench role after missing out on squad in autumn

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