Ireland’s Dominic Ryan tackled by Simon Maisuradze and Zurab Zhvania of Georgia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has absolved referee JP Doyle of any error following an alleged stamp on Dominic Ryan by Georgia’s Viktor Kolelishvili. The (...)

Ma’a Nonu is reported to have agreed a deal with Toulon.

New Zealand’s Ma’a Nonu will join European and French Top 14 champions Toulon after next year’s Rugby World Cup, according to a report in today’s Midi(...)

Jared Payne taking part in the Irish squad’s training session at Carton House, Co. Kildare. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This is going to seem strangely unfamiliar alright. For the first time in a home Test since Ireland beat Italy at Lansdowne Road in April 1999, neithe(...)

Jan Serfontein: The South African centre will win his 17th international cap when he lines out against Ireland on Saturday. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Under a stairwell in the Radisson Hotel Jan Serfontein is asked the only question of the day for which he has no real answer. Do you know Jared Payne (...)

Handre Pollard breaks to score his first try against the All Blacks at Ellis Park last month. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s just as well that Handre Pollard has broad shoulders on his six foot three inch frame as the expectation surrounding the 20-year-old South Africa(...)

 Luke Fitzgerald returns to Irish squad after year disrupted by injury. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Luke Fitzgerald has joined the Irish squad for a couple of days in the build up to Ireland’s opening autumn international against South Africa. Fitzg(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “Tthe All Blacks would tbe nice but South Africa and Australia will be challenging enough.” Photo: Dan Sheridan

On the face of it, this looks almost like the perfect storm. About the only redeeming feature is that an injury ravaged Ireland are not facing the All(...)

Ruan Pienaar will undergo a fitness test in Dublin next week ahead of South Africa’s opening game of their European tour against Ireland. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some good news for Leinster in yesterday’s 36-man Springbok squad for the European tour that begins in Dublin on November 8th as Heyneke Meyer has (...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and Kieran Marmion and Munster’s Stephen Archer are all named in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

As ever with the announcement of enlarged squads, the most notable decisions involve those who were not included and, in that context, the omission(...)

  Ewen McKenzie: “There are people out there and there’s some sort of campaign to impugn that that’s the situation. I’ve got a professional relationship with her and that’s all.”

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has denied he was involved in an intimate relationship with a Wallabies team official in an extraordinary news conferenc(...)

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