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Robbie Henshaw in action during the  Ireland open training session at Mullingar RFC. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw yesterday revealed that he agonised over his decision to leave Connacht for Leinster next season, thanking his current province for hi(...)

Ulster’s Chris Henry has played in just one game in the past six weeks after injuring his shoulder against Toulouse in December. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

It’s not just youth that suffers from impetuosity. Chris Henry sustained a shoulder injury that he initially thought relatively innocuous, before pla(...)

Wexford native Tadhg Furlong has won all his four Ireland caps from the replacements bench. Photograph: AFP.

The likelihood is that Tadhg Furlong will win his fifth cap on Saturday in Paris and, like his previous four, it will be off the bench. His fourth, l(...)

England captain Dylan Hartley in action against Scotland in Murrayfield. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

It’s hardly a high bar but perhaps the most notable part of the weekend was how Dylan Hartley managed to simultaneously captain England and not bite a(...)

Ireland’s Six Nations will be fascinating to lineout nerds. No Paul O’Connell in the Irish set-up; more pressure on Devin Toner to run the show. And n(...)

Scrumhalf Conor Murray takes a selfie with young supporters during Ireland’s open training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Contract-wrangling used to be a relatively private affair in Irish rugby, with the odd exception. Now, it has managed to find a more public forum as p(...)

Darren Sweetnam will make his for competitive appearance for Munster against Zebre. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Guninness Pro12 League Zebre v Munster Stadio Lanfranchi, Saturday, 2.0pm TG4 Former Cork intercounty hurler, schools hockey international and Ir(...)

Bundee Aki at Connacht  training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Manurewa bank teller comes home from work, after another mindlessly long day, flicks on the box to see his ‘uce’ (Samoan for ‘bro’) playing Super (...)

Dragons’ Adam Warren is denied a try by Luke McGrath of Leinster. Photograph: Simon King/Inpho

Newport Gwent Dragons 23 Leinster 13 A dogged Leinster were denied a losing bonus-point and top-spot in the Guinness Pro12 by a last minute Jason To(...)

 Manu Tuilagi vies for the ball during the European Champions Cup rugby union match between Stade Francais and Leicester Tigers. Photograph: Getty Images

Manu Tuilagi will miss Leicester’s Aviva Premiership clash against Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury. And it cou(...)

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