Munster’s JJ Hanrahan: he  started the matches against the Cheetahs and Warriors at outhalf, before being replaced by Joey Carbery just after half-time in Glasgow. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cardiff Blues v Munster, Arms Park (7.35pm, live on Eir sport, TG4) Three defeats in as many matches by a combined total of five points illustrates th(...)

The Georgia team celebrate scoring a try during their win over Ireland at the under-20 World Cup in France. Photo: Inpho

Ireland under-20 20 Georgia under-20 24 Ireland suffered a third consecutive defeat in the Under-20 World Championship in Narbonne and will now conte(...)

Ireland’s Hugh O’Sullivan celebrates scoring his side’s  second try  in the  World Rugby Under-20 Championship at  Stade Aime-Giral in Perpignan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

France Under-20 26 Ireland Under-20 24 Fortune doesn’t always favour the brave because if it did, Ireland would have won their opening World Under-20(...)

Noel McNamara has named his team to play France in the Under-20 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland Under-20 head coach Noel McNamara has named six players with World Cup experience for the tournament’s opening game against hosts France on We(...)

England’s Joe Heyes score a try during the Under-20 Six Nations Championship match against Ireland at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

England Under-20 48 Ireland U-20 15 The final scoreline seems ludicrous when parsed against the first 60 minutes of the contest at which juncture Ire(...)

Eoghan Clarke during the captain’s run at Donnybrook. The player  has been promoted to start against England. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

England U20 v Ireland U20, Ricoh Arena (8.0, live on RTE 2, Sky Sports) Last season Ireland came within a whisker of denying England a Grand Slam bef(...)

Tommy O’Brien at the Ireland Under-20’s Captain’s Run in Donnybrook, Dublin on Thursday.   Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 v Scotland Under-20 Donnybrook (Friday 7.15, live on RTÉ 2) Ireland coach Noel McNamara has shuffled his resources to give players (...)

Ireland Under-20 head coach Peter Malone during a training session at Birr RFC, Offaly. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland Under-20 head coach Peter Malone has named two uncapped players in the team for their World Championship opener against Italy on Wednesday. C(...)