Cian Healy

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Brian O’Driscoll speaking to the media after arriving for his testimonial dinner in aid of the ISPCC in the Convention Centre Dublin last night. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Convention Centre Dublin was bedecked in bright green lights last night as luminaries from the world of sport descended on the Dublin venue to pay(...)

Johnny Sexton in action during Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Thursday. The outhalf later flew back back to Paris. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton’s prospects of putting his feet up for the first weekend of an arduous season thus far have receded, thereby jeopardising his chances of(...)

Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray arrive for Ireland training at Carton House.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The best laid schemes of mice and men oft go awry, as they say. Ideally Joe Schmidt would probably have liked to announce his captain this week but as(...)

Leinster prop Martin Moore was one  of four players added to the Ireland training squad at Carton House. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll looks set to play a full part in the upcoming autumn internationals after training with the Ireland squad on the first day of their (...)

Donnacha Ryan: The Munster lock’s contract expires at the end of the season.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Donnacha Ryan was present at Perpignan’s Top 14 31-20 win at home to Bordeaux/Begles on Saturday as part of a reconnaissance mission to the Catalan cl(...)

“I recall Robert De Niro’s portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull and can’t but help think of Martin Moore (and Stephen Archer et al) as they learn their trade.” Photograph: Donall Farmer

According to playwright Diane Grant, it’s better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction. I’m not sure Grant had power plays in p(...)

Jack McGrath reckons it is ultimately good for Leinster and Ireland that he is challenging Cian Healy for his loosehead position. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Instructions from the Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will ensure Ian Madigan starts at outhalf for Leinster against Connacht in tomorrow evening’s Pro 12 m(...)

Leinster’s Jack McGrath has seen his early-season form rewarded by a call-up to the Ireland squad for the Autumn Internationals. Photograph; Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The DNA of the Ireland squad, chosen by national coach Joe Schmidt, for the November test series can be traced to the final match in last season’s Six(...)

Leinster scrum coach Greg Feek was part of the process that lead to putting  the emphasis on indigenous scrum coaches working  at underage level. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

The IRFU have dropped their plan to appoint a high performance scrum coach. The position, initially advertised worldwide following the defeat to Engla(...)

Jamie Heaslip charges up the field as Leinster get their quest for a fourth Heineken Cup crown off to a winning start against Ospreys. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As momentum shifts go it was pretty seismic. Entering the 26th minute the Ospreys had a penalty five metres out after Richard Hibbard had been tack(...)

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