Scrum coach John Fogarty is leaving the province after the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/EPA

James Ryan leads new generation who will want to know exactly what they can do better

Michael Conlan lost a highly contentious decision to Vladimir Nikitin at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rematch in the professional ranks will take place at Belfast’s Falls Park on August 3rd

Tadhg Furlong takes on Lions teammate Mako Vunipola on Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Johnny Watterson runs the rule over the Leinster XV bidding to defend their crown

Robbie Henshaw has returned from injury to join  Garry Ringrose in the Leinster midfield. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Combination with Garry Ringrose will be key in Champions Cup final against Saracens

 Jérôme Garcès in action during the Saracens versus Munster clash. The French referee is known for his liberal officiating of the breakdown. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster camp fully aware of the French referee’s particular style in advance of cup final

Leinster hooker Sean Cronin has been struggling with a calf injury. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Stuart Lancaster also said that Rhys Ruddock should be available for selection

Cork Constitution’s Sean French celebrates as he scores against Dublin University in All-Ireland League Division 1A semi-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork side will look to make fourth consecutive final one to relish against old rivals

Scrumhalf Conor Murray and winger Keith Earls will both start against Benetton at Thomond Park. Photograph: Inpho

Pro 14 quarter-final preview: Munster v Benetton, Thomond Park, 3pm (Live eir sport 1)

James Ryan: “I think Saracens are a different beast to Toulouse. We definitely have to crank it up a few notches as they are the only unbeaten team in Europe this year.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

‘We love expressing ourselves with ball in hand. We’ve guys who love playing rugby’

Glenannne’s Shane O’Donoghue and Luke Madeley of Three Rock Rovers in action during last year’s EHYL Trophy Final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Grange Road side face the hosts in EHYL Champions Trophy semi-final

Ulster’s Darren Cave and Michael Lowry fail to stop Leinster’s Fergus McFadden from scoring a try. McFadden has been banned for six weeks following an incident in the same race. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster player has been banned for act of foul play involving the head against Ulster

 Members of the St Michael’s Rowing Club who will  defend their title in the Celtic Challenge rowing from Arklow to Aberystwyth, a 155 km journey taking between 20 to 24 hours for the rotating crew of  12 to complete. Photograph: Alan Betson

St Michael's aiming to defend their title in gruelling Irish Sea crossing

Jack Carty: one of the contenders for the Zurich Players’ Player of the Year award following his impressive form for Connacht this season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland international retains ambitions of making it to the World Cup in Japan

James Ryan is one of four nominations for the Zurich Players’ Player of the Year Award to be announced on May 15th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony, Jack Carty and Tadhg Beirne also up for Players’ Player of the Year

Ulster’s Eric O’Sullivan in action against Leinster in the Champions Cup. ‘Just to think you are on Joe Schmidt’s radar is pretty encouraging.’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster prop keen to keep learning in breakthrough season after successful move north

Sean Dancer has been named as the new head coach to the Ireland women’s team. Photograph:  Simon Watts/Hockey NZ

Former Australia U21 player was assistant with the New Zealand women’s team

Rhys McClenaghan in Dublin’s Docklands where the Irish Olympic Team for Tokyo unveiled a new partnership with jobs site Indeed. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Belfast gymnast makes no secret of his medal ambitions at next year’s Games

Pentathlete Natalya Coyle and gymnast Rhys McClenaghan at the Olympic Federation of Ireland  announcement of Indeed as the new sponsor. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Two times Olympian became anaemic ‘and I was getting injured and sick all the time’

Conor Murray and his dejected Munster team-mates after the defeat to Saracens at the  Ricoh Arena, Coventry.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Van Graan offers no excuses and admits formidable Saracens were the better team

Saracens man of the match Billy Vunipola is confronted by a Munster fan after his side’s victory in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the  Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Choice struck a jarring note after a hugely controversial week for the England international

 Munster’s Conor Murray after the game. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘We got beaten by the better team so no excuses from our side’

 Billy Vunipola and a Munster fan after the Champions Cup game in Coventry. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Vunipola was booed by Munster fans after his controversial social media comments

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony during the second half. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster suffer more semi-final heartbreak as Saracens reach Champions Cup decider

Sport Ireland chief execuitve John Treacy: ‘I think you need to remember the clubs, the leagues, the members that are on the council have a responsibility.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

John Treacy confirms no impediment to current members being elected to new set up

Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong goes off injured in the second half of the game at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen’s side remain on European footing ahead of Toulouse game

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour tries to avoid the tackle of Niko Matawalu of Glasgow Warriors during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘It’s about putting a nice cohesive week together and making sure we're all good to go’

Leinster’s Rob Kearney on his way to scoring their second try against Glasgow Warriors during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Scottish side will top Conference A if they can beat Edinburgh at home in final round

YMCA, Cookstown and Cork C of I are involved in a relegation battle in the EY Irish Hockey League. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Three-way relegation battle likely to go down to the wire

Ireland Sevens’s Jordan Conroy in action against Hong Kong in the series qualifier final in Hong Kong Stadium. Photograph:  Yu Chun Christopher Wong/Inpho

Milestone could be achieved in July after side’s most successful Sevens campaign

 Munster’s Ronan O’Mahony scores a try against the All Blacks in Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The winger sustained a broken leg and dislocated ankle against Treviso two years

Olympic Federation of Ireland president Sarah Keane announced the Finland-based Elamys Group would be the authorised ticket reseller for the Tokyo tournament. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sarah Keane says federation is ‘walking the walk’ as it outlines plans for Tokyo 2020

Olympic Federation of Ireland president Sarah Keane expects something in the region of €2m to flow into the OFI over the next two years from IOC funds. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

President says she has been assured sport will be part of tournament despite governance dispute

Conor Murray celebrates scoring a try for Munster against Cardiff Blues at Irish Independent Park in Cork. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland Sevens crew join elite in World Series after their impressive victory in Hong Kong

Benetton’s Tommaso Allan kicks a late conversion to tie the Pro14 game with  Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Valuable test for province's young guns as Benetton snatch a reward from helter-skelter clash

Johnny Sexton and Ross Byrne in training last month. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Munster also face injury worries after Earls, Kleyn and O’Mahony taken off in Cardiff win

Benetton’s Ratuva Tavuyara celebrates with fans after scoring the try that helped level the final score in the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Italian side had their chances to win yet again at the RDS against sub-par Leinster

Ireland’s Josh van der Flier going off injured against France at the Aviva Stadium on March 10th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘If someone comes in from the side you are pretty exposed, your knees, your ribs’

 Dave Miley is running in the ITF presidential elections scheduled this September of this year. Photograph: Rod Leon

Miley is challenging incumbent ITF president David Haggerty in elections in September

Depending on how Banbridge do at Serpentine Avenue against Pembroke, Three Rock Rovers have the potential to move  up the table

Lower-middle of the table Monkstown have double header against C of I

Dave Miley has received the Tennis Ireland nomination in his bid to become  the ITF president. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Irish tennis champion is running for president of International Tennis Federation

Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal in action  against Edinburgh during the n Champions Cup quarter-final at Murrayfield. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Should Carbery not be fit to face Saracens, classy Bleyendaal will be ready to step up

Tadhg Beirne celebrates Munster’s Champions Cup quarter-final win over Edinburgh. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Referee reversed key penalty decision after Munster’s Beirne clashed with Schoeman

Injured Ulster captain Rory Best is consoled by Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong and Jordan Larmour after Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Best to have talks with Ulster about possibly extending his future beyond World Cup

Scott Penny: “He’s one of a number of players that will be potentially given opportunities over the next few weeks to put their hand up,” says Leinster scrum coach, John Fogarty. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fogarty confident young guns ready to step up in the absence of injured Van der Flier and Leavy

Jack McGrath: Ireland prop has enjoyed a glorious career for Leinster since  making his debut for the province in 2010. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Vastly experienced Lions and Ireland prop to join growing Leinster contingent up north

Leinster’s Dan Leavy is tackled by Ulster’s  Eric O’Sullivan and Billy Burns at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Complex knee ligaments damage means Leinster man facing a long, uphill struggle

Leinster’s Dan Leavy is taken off the pitch after injuring his knee during the Champions Cup win over Ulster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

Flanker suffered a serious knee injury during province’s Champions Cup win over Ulster

 Banbridge’s Eugene Magee in action. The player scored two goals against Glenanne on St Patrick’s Day to secure a 2-1 victory for his side. Photograph: Inpho

Hockey: Monkstown up against it as they face league leaders Lisnagarvey

Jack Conan: “I think I have an extra point to prove this weekend because I didn’t feature in a lot of those big games in the latter part of last year.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Number eight was restricted to a frustrating bit part in the European run-in last year

French newspaper Le Monde has claimed further evidence of corruption in the Rio 2016 boxing tournament. Photograph: Getty Images

French media say they have received phone recording which suggest boxing corruption

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour in action against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, in January. Photograph: ©INPHO/Gary Carr

Leinster man is busy preparing to face his Ireland team rival Jacob Stockdale

John Fogarty: “As a coach, I want to be able to coach as high as I can go. That is the ambition.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

‘There is interest in John because he is very good at what he does’ says Leinster coach

Josh van der Flier was forced off injured during Ireland’s Six Nations win over France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster boss confirms Robbie Henshaw had to undergo a minor procedure on leg injury

Robbie Henshaw’s dead leg injury has ruled him out since the beginning of February. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Henshaw’s last appearance was at the beginning of February against England

A high tackle warning system has been proposed where players are given post match warnings if they have made upright tackles that result in head contact. . Photograph:  Ashley Western/MB Media/Getty Images

World Rugby proposals include Rugby League style kicks to touch and high tackle warning

All the chasing clubs must assume Lisnagarvey will notch up another win as they travel to Garryduff to play C of I, who have yet to register a win after 13 games

Two Dublin games on offer as Pembroke play Cookstown and YMCA host Monkstown

Leinster’s Max Deegan was named World Rugby Junior Player of the Year in 2016. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former World Rugby Junior Player of the Year fighting for place in backrow logjam

Fergus McFadden: “There are four friendlies before the start of the World Cup. That is time for Joe to try new guys.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Winger targeting a Leinster starting place and a spot in Ireland’s World Cup squad

Stuart Lancaster says the pickle in which the Irish rugby team now finds itself may be traced back to the Red Rose rout of Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster coach blames curtain-raiser defeat for causing Six Nations campaign to unravel

Robbie Henshaw has not played since picking up an injury in Ireland’s opening Six Nations match against England and is a doubt for Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Centre struggling to shake off dead leg ahead of Aviva stadium showdown against Ulster

Dejected Ireland players after the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It all started badly and quickly got worse at the Principality Stadium on Saturday

Leinster have confirmed head coach Leo Cullen has signed a contract extension. Photograph: Sportsfile

The details of former England coach Lancaster’s extension have not been revealed

Katie Taylor: barring defeat at the hands of Rose Volante, she will meet Belgium’s WBC champion Delfine Persoon in  a unification bout.   Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

Dublin’s unbeaten Jono Carroll faces his first world title fight against Farmer for the IBF world super-featherweight title

The FIH has come up with a complex and idiosyncratic qualification passage to Tokyo

Drop from 10th to 11th place should not hurt Ireland’s chances of progressing to the next stage of the Olympic qualifying process

In a World Cup year full of possibilities, Connacht lock is keeping his focus on Cardiff

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton goes over to score a try in the Six Nations game against France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘I don’t know if Wales feel like they are invincible. They are saying they have forgotten how to lose’

Ireland’s Dan Leavy has returned to the squad for the Six Nations clash with Wales. Photo:James Crombie/Inpho

Leavy’s return to the fold will provide continued competition for Seán O’Brien

Jack Conan and Guilhem Guirado in action during Ireland’s win over France at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

‘It’s about spring boarding forward now and not taking a step backwards’

The Irish team during the anthems at the Aviva before their win over France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland beat France in the Aviva but who stood out for Joe Schmidt’s team?

Cian Healy:“Up front we know if we do our job right, the lads on the sides are going to get scores because we are chipping away breaking people down.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No specific talk of Ireland’s try scoring record against France in training camp this week

Tadhg Furlong and the Ireland squad training at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster prop says Ireland are focused on bringing back their accuracy against France

Graham Shaw says although the timing is not perfect that he could not turn down a once in a lifetime opportunity to coach the New Zealand women’s team. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘If we were to play each other the exit would have been more difficult’

Joey Carbery during Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Wednesday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Simon Easterby says Munster outhalf is only 50-50 as he recovers from hamstring injury

Romain Ntamack is a wonderfully balanced runner who has a knack for breaking forward as befits a player used to the centre. Photograph: Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

Legendary Murray-Sexton axis to be tested by young pretenders Dupont and Ntamack

Rhys Ruddock will captain Leinster for their clash with Cheetahs following his recovery from a hamstring injury. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Preview: Cheetahs have played seven times in the northern hemisphere since August

The sand-based surface laid in Abbotstown does not fulfil the specifications to host international hockey matches, while UCD’s pitch lost its international spec some time ago

Pitch will be needed for men’s matches against the USA and the women’s FIH Series finals in Dublin

Scott Fardy  is tackled by New Zealand’s prop Joe Moody in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.  Australia beat the All Blacks to the 2015 Rugby Championship but lost to them in the World Cup final. Photograph:   Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Australian flanker knows gap between rehearsal and real thing can be hard to bridge

Scott Fardy: “It was an easy decision for me. I had an offer to go back to Japan to where I was originally years ago, it was something I considered for a moment but my family have just settled here and I didn’t want to pick them up and move.”

Australian extends contract until end of next season after joining province in 2017

Ireland’s Paddy Jackson looks on dejectedly as Italy’s Sergio Parisse celebrates his side winning a late penalty in Rome in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘I think it was probably a realisation, a feeling that everything was coming to an end’

Leinster’s Ed Byrne celebrates scoring a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Southern Kings at the RDS. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leo Cullen’s side close in on winning conference after another bonus-point win

Annadale’s meeting with C of I in Belfast could move the home side comfortably into mid-table if two other matches fall favourably for them

Three Rock Rovers have a trip to Hillsborough to face Lisnagarvey

The four tennis players who set the new Guinness World Record.  L/R – David Mullins, James Cluskey, Daniel O'Neill and Luke Maguire.

The record event was a major fund raiser for the Enjoy Tennis programme

 Ireland’s Jack McGrath in action against the All Blacks at the Aviva in November 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Loosehead prop is fit again following hip operation but remains a work in progress

Dave Kearney will miss Friday night’s clash with the Southern Kings after picking up a concussion in Leinster’s win over Zebre. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock and Dan Leavy also remain unavailable for Leinster and Ireland duty

 Kieran Marmion in training ahead of his return to action for Connacht. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Coach Andy Friend admits ‘huge challenge’ awaits province who have lost last two games

Zebre head coach Michael Bradley: Italian centre Giulio Bisegni, outhalf Carlo Canna and  two back rowers, Maxime Mbandà and Jimmy Tuivaiti, will start against the league leaders.  Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Michael Bradley including four Azzurri in squad while Leinster bring in young blood

Kellie Harrington holds her award for  The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year  2018. ‘Medals mean nothing to me. I’m just happy about the place I’m in right now, of how happy my family are, the person I’ve become.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The world lightweight champion from inner city Dublin has taken a rocky road to success

Dave Kearney scores a try against Toulouse during the Heineken Champions Cup clash at the RDS last month. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster stalwart winger fit again and keen to target a return to Ireland squad

Monkstown play Annadale on Saturday, and   meet Lisnagarvey at Comber Road in Hillsborough on Sunday

Glenanne face struggling Cork C of I in St Andrews

UK registered players will still be considered ‘European’ after Brexit

Ireland’s Rob Kearney celebrates after beating Scotland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

More creativity is needed, Scotland keep improving, Best never stops and more

 Finn Russell was Scotland’s best player in their nine point defeat to Ireland. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Finn Russell, Josh Strauss and Stuart McInally best for Gregor Townsend’s team

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong with David Denton and Pete Horne of Scotland during last year’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland won 28-8. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘There is so much rugby to be played between now and then,’ says prop Kilcoyne on RWC

Tadhg Furlong: used the ‘A’ word 10 times at the Ireland Rugby Press Conference at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland know it won’t be as easy as ABC at Murrayfield, but they know what they need

Ireland’s Devin Toner picked up an injury during the Six Nations defeat to England and will now miss the clash with Scotland. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Centre and lock will miss second game after picking up knocks in defeat to England

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony after Saturday’s Six Nations loss to England. “It is not something that sits well with any of us. It certainly hurt us, the last 48 hours.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Vice-captain says Ireland need to focus on performance and not let wounds fester

Ireland  number eight CJ Stander suffered a facial injury during the Six Nations opener against  England. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Injuries to CJ Stander, Keith Earls, Devin Toner and Garry Ringrose could see changes v Scotland

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony wins a lineout and passes to Conor Murray during the Six Nations match against England. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

‘It just shows how good you have to be every week to do something special’

England’s Ben Youngs and Jonny May tackle Robbie Henshaw during the Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Despite his footballing talent a lack of international experience at 15 was exposed

England’s Mako Vunipola tries to shake off an attempted tackle from Ireland’s  Johnny Sexton during the Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Tadhg Furlong believes Ireland can turn things around after ’reality check’

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