Leinster prop Jack McGrath at a press conference ahead the Pro14 final against Scarlets. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Leinster prop says fourth encounter this season with Scarlets will be a ‘funny one’

Jordan Larmour: “If you told me that at the beginning of the season I wouldn’t have believed you.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pro14 final beckons for Leinster star following Grand Slam and Champions Cup glory

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton with the Champions Cup trophy after their win over Racing 92 in Bilbao. Photo: Getty Images

Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw, Dan Leavy and Isa Nacewa should all be fit for Scarlets clash

Munster head coach Johann van Graan: “My belief in rugby is that every week’s different. This is a whole new ball game, new referee, new teams.”  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster coach can’t wait for the chance to take on European champions in Pro14 semi-final

Ireland and Pakistan teams after day 5 of the Test match at Malahide. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Irish status grows with O’Brien’s century, Jagger’s bling and Pakistan’s gravitas

Peter O’Mahony during Munster  squad training in Limerick on Monday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster player expects to meet a refreshed Leinster at the RDS on Saturday in semi-final

Munster head coach Johann van Graan is confident his side can overturn Leinster in their Pro14 semi-final. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster coach believes his side can catch Leinster out in Pro14 semi-final at the RDS

Leinster players celebrate with the trophy Champions Cup trophy after beating Racing 92 in the final   at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Province started strong with a convincing victory over Montpellier in October last year

The  ninth hole on the King’s Course at  Gleneagles. Glasgow will use Gleneagles to promote its  golf tournament.  Photograph: Getty Images

All competitions in the two cities will run over 11-day window from August 2nd-12th

Devin Toner: “It’s a bit of a double-edged sword. Do I bluff him or do I not bluff him?”.

Lineout contest will prove pivotal when Leinster take on Racing 92

Yvonne Montgomery this year has been racing on a 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 and a 2007 Suzuki GSXR 600, averaging 160km/h  and tipping 217km/h. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Montgomery insists age and gender don’t matter at all, rather ‘it’s how you see yourself’

Racing’s   Joe Rokocoko:  “This is a totally different team to what we’d had.” Photograph: Getty Images

Racing winger stresses importance of starting the match strongly

Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw beats Gareth Davies of the Scarlets in the  Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on April 21st. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster player puts injury behind him to throw himself into Champions Cup final

Stuart Lancaster believes Joey Carbery should have the final say over his Leinster future. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster coach wants 22-year-old to remain with the province rather than move to Ulster

Devin Toner has praised the likes of youger players such as James Ryan and the impact they have had on Leinster this season. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Devin Toner says hungry new breed have strengthened the province this season

Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster believes Joey Carbery should remain with the province. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Meanwhile, Rhys Ruddock and Fergus McFadden are unavailable for Champions Cup final

Katie Taylor  at the County Club, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, on Thursday. “I’d love to unify the division, that’s my ambition.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Taylor’s eyes already on next fight which will take place in the UK in July

Given Three Rock Rovers’  home advantage at Grange Road and strong form, many neutral observers  see a  Rovers final against Glenanne

EY Champions Trophy semi-finals see Glenanne v Pembroke and Three Rock Rovers v Lisnagarvey

Ulster captain Rory Best scores a try against Munster at Thomond Park, Limerick.   Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster fell at the last lineout, but this was just the final blow in a doomed campaign

Leinster’s Joey Carbery: IRFU and Leinster are discussing possibility of fullback moving to Ulster to don the number 10 shirt. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Decision to move north could be taken out of player’s hands, claims Ulster director of rugby

 Katie Taylor takes on Victoria Bustos, at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, New York, US. Photograph: ©INPHO/Matt Heasley

Irish boxer shows no signs of slowing down after successfully unifying lightweight titles

Ulster operations director Bryn Cunningham

Province confirm they have secured the services of a new head of coaching

Ulster captain Rory Best speaks in the team huddle after the Guinness Pro 14 game against Munster at  Thomond Park. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Operations director Bryn Cunningham says province must wait a few weeks to name coach

Tempers flare between Ulster’s Rory Best and Rhys Marshall of Munster during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster will now face European Champions Cup playoff against Ospreys

Katie Taylor and Victoria Bustos in New York. Photograph: Matt Heasley/Inpho

Irishwoman hoping for ninth professional win in Saturday’s bout with Argentinian champion

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy in action against  the  Southern Kings in February: winger returns for the Munster clash after serving his suspension. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Craig Gilroy return for crunch visit to Thomond Park

Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes at a press conference at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Meeting comes after an open letter signed by over 90 journalists was sent in protest

Three teams are still in contention for final Champions Trophy place on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pembroke, Banbridge and Monkstown vying for the last semi-final place on offer

Munster’s Keith Earls is tackled by Racing 92’s Henry Chavancy in Bordeaux. “We knew they could get tired in the last 20 or30 minutes.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland winger says Munster need a stable base in the wake of their defeat to Racing

Joey Carbery: As Sexton’s heir apparent and with a World Cup in 18 months, Schmidt’s concern is how Carbery can develop as an outhalf given his lack of game time in the role at Leinster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

IRFU reportedly gave Leinster an ultimatum to chose between Carbery and Ross Byrne

Leinster supporters during the European Champions Cup semi-final match at the Aviva. Photograph: Sportsfile

Scott Fardy and best laid plans, Racing opt to chop not choke, and rugby at what cost?

Teddy Thomas scores a try for Racing 92 in their Champions Cup semi-final win over Munster. Photo: Nicolas Tucat/Getty Images

Teddy Thomas was sensational in opening quarter of the game as Racing stormed ahead

Munster’s South African lock Jean Kleyn in action at the Chaban-Delmas Stadium in Bordeaux. Photograph: Getty Images

A day to forget for Munster as Champions Cup challenge ended by half time

Ulster’s John Cooney in action against Ospreys – injuries saw the scrumhalf moved to outhalf during the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

People will have their own view of at what point in history poor choices were made

  Paddy Jackson  and Stuart Olding:  were acquitted of rape charges but the trial generated unprecedented media interest in Ulster. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Decision to bar some members of the press came in the wake of rape trial furore

Ireland senior men’s coach, Craig Fulton. Photograph: Mervyn McClelland/Presseye/Inpho

Entering teams in the European Championships has funding implications

Dan Leavy: 'I think if you are second guessing yourself in the backrow, especially as a seven going for the ball you are going to hurt yourself.' Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Backrower throws himself into everything he does – that includes seeing off Seán O’Brien

Robbie Henshaw training with Leinster on Monday. “Robbie is good to go. He has ticked all the boxes he needs to tick,” said Stuart Lancaster. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Luke McGrath in race to recover in time for European Champions Cup semi-final

Seán O’Brien is being assessed ahead of Leinster’s Champions Cup clash with the Scarlets. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leo Cullen facing potential selection headache as Luke McGrath battles for fitness

Tom Daly returned to competitive action for Lansdowne. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Chris Ashton breaks a Top 14 scoring record, Edinburgh off to a flyer against the Scarlets

Bringing the game into disrepute: Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson in 2016. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Exeter Chiefs team deny reports that they are in negotiations with Stuart Olding

 Robbie Henshaw  took part in the captain’s run on Friday and also warmed up with Leinster on Saturday before their doomed Pro14 league match with Benetton Treviso. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Centre injured in Six Nations close to being fit enough for Scarlets encounter, says Cullen

 Leinster supporters attending the  European Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets will pay €25 for the cheapest category 5 ticket. Photograph: Getty Images

Leinster fans will have to pay €35 more for a top end ticket for Scarlets match at the Aviva

Ross Molony at a Leinster  press conference at UCD. “I have ambitions to go further in my career and get a green jersey at some point.” Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Leinster forward is ready for the challenge to get on the pitch despite obstacle of formidable trio

Toulon’s winger Bryan Habana vies with Leinster wing Fergus McFadden during the European Champions Cup rugby union semi-final in April 2015 at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

At 31, winger is unfazed by the arrival of a number of young guns vying for his spot

Sean O’Brien: The Lion’s  return to competitive action will be welcome news for Leinster coach Leo Cullen in advance of the Champions Cup semi-final against  Scarlets. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Flanker hoping to press his claims for inclusion in semi-final clash against Scarlets

 Sean O’Brien could feature for Leinster this week. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Jordan Larmour has recovered from a calf injury and is expected to fully train this week

Luke Madeley scores a goal at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Madeley’s execution on strike at the set piece was the difference between the sides at UCD

James Ryan: “I was at every Leinster final,” he says. “I was in the Millennium, Murrayfield and Twickenham. They were all class games.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Lock has played 11 matches with Leinster and eight with Ireland and has won them all

Top of the table Glennane playing third-placed Three Rock Rovers  will be the game of the weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Glennane face Rovers as Pembroke meet Lisnagarvey in semis with final the following day

Leinster’s  Sean O’Brien: “You can’t play with a dead shoulder....There’s no point in going around trying to carry it.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster player believes tour to Australia could provide vehicle to rise to Test rugby again

Joey Carbery and Garry Ringrose after the Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Saracens at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Clontarf stalwart much more than a bit-part player for Leinster and Ireland

Munster’s Conor Murray protests before being awarded a try during the Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulon. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Captain praises province’s efforts in defeat of Toulon but admits they will have to improve

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong clash with Saracens’s Owen Farrell. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sexton comes through unscathed following initial injury concerns in defeat of Saracens

A dejected Toulon captain  Mathieu Bastareaud at the post-match press conference at Thomond Park following the Champions Cup defeat to Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bastareaud : ‘We had a lot of opportunities and errors with the ball’

Munster captain  Peter O’Mahony celebrates  Andrew Conway’s   try during the Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulon at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

‘If you’ve got a squad of players who believe and a club that believes, you can make dreams come true’

Irish eyes with be on the Munster-bound  Tadhg Beirne who goes into the match in the secondrow with a competition high of 14 turnovers for Scarlets. Photograph: Kevin Barnes/Inpho

Wayne Pivic calls on his side to ‘muscle up’ and match the physicality of La Rochelle

 Toulon’s  Malakai Fekitoa celebrates after scoring a try during the 49-0 win over Clermont in the  French Top 14 clash at  The Mayol Stadium in Toulon. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

All Black and Toulon concentrating on what they will bring to the quarter-final clash

Cian Healy: 'If you want to get to the top of this, you have to beat the best. You don’t want to be looking for an easy route.' Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Grand Slam winner relishing showdown with two-time European champions Saracens

Minister for Sport Shane Ross:  review of the current Sports Capital Grants system could see fee-paying schools being excluded in future.  Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

South Dublin club one of the few hockey clubs to successfully apply for sport capital grant

Shane Ross: “We were determined that we wouldn’t be coming out in front of a committee today and hear that ‘the Minister interfered here’ or ‘the Minister interfered there’.   Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

Minister for Sports denies any political interference in the relevant allocation process

Newcastle Falcons beat Northampton Saints at St James’ Park. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

Newcastle reap rewards from St James’ Park fixture, Madigan keeps Bristol ticking over

Leinster’s Dave Kearney goes off injured  during his side’s defeat to Ospreys on Saturday in Wales. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Leinster’s Dave Kearney and Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell to miss quarter-final matches

Connacht’s Matt Healy: the winger  has 44 tries in 104 appearances. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Edinburgh travel to Galway with confidence after victory over Munster last time out

Glenanne  can earn a maximum of 12 points from their four remaining matches for a maximum of 48 points

Lisnagarvey can leap over Three Rock Rovers as they have two scheduled matches

Jamie Heaslip: “Chinese whispers came into play post-injury a year ago. All sorts of things were said and some of them blatant lies.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Ireland stalwart highlights need for players to control their individual data

Conrad Smith was speaking at an event to mark International Rugby Players Move To Dublin.

Former All Black centre believes Schmidt could coach New Zealand after World Cup

Iain Henderson: has signed a contract extension which will see him continue to play his rugby for Ulster and Ireland until at least June 2021. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster’s Rob Kearney signs contract extension with IRFU that runs to Nov, 2019

 Luke McGrath’s knee injury compounds the issue of what overseas players will play  against Saracens in their European Champions Cup quarter-final on Easter Sunday. Photograph: Byran Keane/Inpho

Leo Cullen may risk Joey Carbery and Jack McGrath against Ospreys before Champions Cup

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale and Dan Leavy tackle England’s Elliot Daly at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Massive effort from the Irish players as they followed the coach’s defensive template

Michael Conlan and David Berna (black trunks) fight during their featherweights fight at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Photo: Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The 26-year-old eased to a second round TKO victory over David Berna in New York

Centres Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose during the Ireland Captain’s Run, at Twickenham on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Watterson runs the rule over the 15 players selected as Ireland go in search of a Grand Slam

Munster’s Billy Holland during a press conference: the lock will captain his side for their visit to Murrayfield. Photograph:  Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Johann van Graan makes six changes to side with Billy Holland chosen as captain

No one at the beginning of the season could have seen this Leinster Cup final coming

Three Rock Rovers host underdogs as they target fourth trophy of the season

Conor Murray makes a break during Ireland’s Six Nations win over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Scrumhalf says players will have to continue to trust their instincts to land Grand Slam

Rio 2016 Men’s Bantamweight 56kg Quarter-Final:  Michael Conlan makes his feelings known after the decision went to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia. Photograph: Inpho

Irish management were told his chances were gone, claims explosive Rio 2016 report

Ireland’s prop Cian Healy in action against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday.  Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Clean bill of health for all the players in the Ireland camp

Conor Murray talks to the media at Carton House on Monday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘They’re going to have a lot to play for, a lot of pride as well. Full of world-class players’

Johnny Sexton has three Six Nations Championship wins but is yet to earn a Triple Crown. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

A youthful Ireland have silverware beyond their years but Sexton has a word of warning

CJ Stander claims a lineout ball against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

South African excited by the prospect of bidding for a Grand Slam against England

Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn scores their  try despite the  tackle of Ireland’s Garry Ringrose during the Six Nations  match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

‘We all make errors but we certainly played some outstanding rugby today’

Sean O’Brien: has returned from injury and will captain Leinster against the Scarlets in Wales. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Leinster captain will be looking to impress Joe Schmidt ahead of England showdown

Shane O’Donoghue: was on target for Ireland in the 4-1 defeat to world number one side, Argentina. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Men’s team have suffered a series of heavy defeats, conceding 17 goals in four games

Former Ireland coach Declan Kidney, who is tipped to form a coaching partnership with Les Kiss at London Irish. Photograph: PA

‘It’s good to see them getting back in,’ says Munster and Ireland flanker

Former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings in Dublin ahead of the match with Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former Scotland fullback wary of Ireland pack ahead of Six Nations clash in Dublin

Conor Murray and Rob Kearney arrive for training at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland scrumhalf content team’s defence is in a good place ahead of dangerous fixture

Jason Quigley in action against James De La Rose in Nevada.  Photograph: Inpho

Former World Amateur Championship finalist defending his unbeaten record

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong arrives for training at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Inpho

Lions duo likely to return to starting XV for penultimate leg of Ireland’s Grand Slam bid

George Gibney in May 1988 when Ireland swimming coach. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Over 25 years after a court ruled the swim coach could not stand trial for sexually abusing children, the victims of Irish sport’s(...)

Leinster’s Bryan Byrne, Garry Ringrose and Ed Byrne arrive for their encounter with Southern Kings last month. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Bryan and Ed Byrne say they have moments of deeper understanding while on the pitch

Ireland coach Craig Fulton has criticised the format changes at the Hockey World Cup. Photo: Mervyn McClelland/Inpho

Classification matches are gone, meaning teams could go home after three game

Jamie Heaslip: “His medical file was the thinnest of any player in the game. A standing joke. Then a bolt from the blue. That dark irony escapes nobody.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Dynamic number eight had a long and outstanding career with Leinster and Ireland

Dave Kearney and James Lowe take a break from Leinster squad training at Rosemount, UCD. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Centre now faces a battle to win back starting Ireland jersey from impressive Chris Farrell

Michael O’Reilly became the first Irish athlete to be sent home from an Olympics for failing a doping test. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Athlete was sent home from Rio Olympics after testing positive for methandienone

Donnybrook after the flood lights temporarily went out on Friday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Emergency lighting saves the day for Under-20s to delight of Electric Ireland

Seán O’Brien is unavailable for Leinster’s clash with the Scarlets. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Backrow a major doubt for Scotland game, Garry Ringrose unscathed from Kings win

Ireland’s  Jacob Stockdale races away to score the final try against Wales. Photograph: Getty Images

Ulster winger’s sensational start to international rugby continues to gather pace

Joe Schmidt of Ireland gives out instructions ahead of the Six Nations win over Wales. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Coach said it was similar to Italy game with his side becoming a bit ragged after changes

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton receives attention during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Experienced Wales captain and three-time Lion will be unfazed by Dublin showdown

 Serge Betsen, who was called the  Grim Reaper in his rugby days, says the French  controversy in Scotland is a “learning curve” for Jacques Brunel. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Legendary flanker Serge Betsen sees signs of hope despite losses and discipline issues

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