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Ireland’s Johnny Sexton celebrates with Peter O’Mahony after the Six Nations win over England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 13 England 9 Record wreckers. And so Ireland have ended two world record 18-match winning sequences in the same season. This may not have bee(...)

Garry Ringrose during an Irish training session at Carton House this week, he retains the number 13 jersey for Friday night’s trip to Cardiff. Photograph: Inpho

In Cardiff two years ago Wayne Barnes whistled Ireland off the pitch as Leigh Halfpenny kicked Wales into a 12-0 lead that, ultimately, proved the und(...)

There are a few selection conundrums for Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Prospects A very good November series provides momentum, the injury portfolio is reasonable, and France and England have to come to Dublin so there(...)

Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal in action at Welford Road against Leicester. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Leicester Tigers 18 Munster 16 The nature of the defeat would ordinarily have left a team shattered, inconsolable. Succumbing to a 53-metre penalty s(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander scores one of his two tries as his team ran out easy winners against Zebre at Thomond Park in the Guinness Pro12 series. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

CJ Stander scored twice for Munster as they cruised to a bonus point victory against a lacklustre Zebre in Thomond Park, as Peter O’Mahony made his f(...)

 Tommy O’Donnell returns to the backrow for Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster v Zebre Thomond Park, Friday, 7.0 Live on TG4 It doesn’t matter whether Munster are smarting from the nature of their defeat against the (...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan ggoes past  Thomas McGovern of Meath during the  Eirgrid Leinster  Under-21 Football quarter-final at Parnell Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 1-12 Meath 0-9 Manager Dessie Farrell described Cuala’s Con O’Callaghan as a key performer after his 1-7 haul helped book Dublin’s EirGrid Lei(...)

Munster duo Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander both start for Ireland against Wales on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien are the latest senior players ruled out of the opening Six Nations match against a well-stocked Welsh side. The Lei(...)

Rory Best: Candidacy will not have been harmed by reports of his half-time rallying call which contributed to Ulster’s comeback from 23-0 down to win in Oyannax . Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rory Best is the odds-on favourite to be named as the next captain of the Irish rugby team when Joe Schmidt announces a squad of around 36 or 37 playe(...)

A dejected Tomas O’Leary after the final whistle as Munster suffer a frustrating defeat at the hands of Leicester Tigers Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 19 Leicester Tigers 31 Confirmation of an unmistakable trend. Leicester, lacking the power of a Saracens pack or the razor slicing London Was(...)

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