Garry Ringrose is one of the exciting talenst on the Irelanf under-20 team. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Word of mouth is usually a good indicator of form and ability. That has been the case with this Irish Under 20 side who have won the first two matches(...)

Rhys Webb likes to attack on outside and has shown ability to attack space at ruck. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

For all the attention lavished on Warrenball, a style of play adopted by Wales to reflect a particularly powerful back division, the demotion of one (...)

JJ Hanrahan: Munster are keen to ensure he remains with his native province. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The odds on Munster fending off Northampton’s very real interest in acquiring JJ Hanrahan have increased over the last 48 hours in tandem with what h(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt hoping to find a successor to Brian O’Driscoll this autumn. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Joe Schmidt has confirmed that Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne are the two front-runners to assume the number 13 jersey vacated by you-know-who, but(...)

Mike Ruddock: “It has been difficult trying to juggle the ever increasing demands of the age grade programme whilst coaching Lansdowne in the Ulster Bank League and now it’s time to concentrate on trying to add another UBL title to the one we won in 2013.”

The IRFU has appointed Nigel Carolan as Ireland’s new under-20s coach after Mike Ruddock announced his resignation. Ruddock, a former Grand Slam winni(...)

Ireland’s senior coach Andrew Meredith will be casting an eye over boys’ u16 and 18 inter-provincials this weekend.

The boys U16 and U18 Interprovincials take place this weekend at Mossley Hockey Club in Ulster, where the cream from the three provinces, Ulster, Lein(...)

Beauden Barrett of New Zealand scores a try during the IRB Junior World Championship final against England in 2011. Barrett is one of nine from that team on the senior All Blacks squad. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

The Junior Rugby World Cup class of 2011 may not have much resonance for the current Ireland senior squad as they face into their toughest match of th(...)

The former Scotland and Lions outhalf Craig Chalmers whose son, Sam, received a two year ban for a doping offence. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald /Allsport

Melrose back Sam Chalmers — the son of former Scotland and British Lions fly-half Craig — has been banned from rugby for two years for doping offence(...)

Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony speaks to media in Toronto.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland team doctor Jim McShane has his work cut out this week as a stomach bug has spread throughout the squad in Toronto.While not quite on the epid(...)

Gavin Hickie (second from right) poses with the Irish contingent during his time at Leicester. He is is now working in the US with their under-20 side. Photograph: Getty

True story. An Irishman landed in Milwaukee over 30 years ago. A decent club player with Lansdowne, he wasn’t long seeking out what the locals call(...)

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