Garry Ringrose is hopeful of returning to action with Leinster as the Champions Cup gets underway in December. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Garry Ringrose is targeting Leinster’s opening Champions Cup game on the second weekend in December as his comeback date following the broken jaw he r(...)

John Cooney has been called into the Ireland squad for Saturday’s Six Nations date in Paris. Photograph: Alex James/Inpho

Ulster’s John Cooney has been called into the Ireland squad for the Six Nations finale against France in Paris on Saturday. Cooney will provide addit(...)

Italy’s Gianmarco Lucchesi  tackles Ireland’s Tadhg Beirne  during the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland 50 Italy 17 Before the game, as Johnny Sexton said on behalf of probably everyone in the Irish set-up, they’d have taken a 33-point win over(...)

Ireland’s debut-makers Will Connors, Hugo Keenan, Jamison Gibson-Park and Ed Byrne celebrate after the Six Nations win against Italy at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

To Hugo Keenan and Will Connors the tries and the plaudits then, but for the two other debutants off the bench, even Jamison Gibson-Park’s journey fro(...)

Mike Catt has spoken about Ireland’s four uncapped players named in the team to face Italy. Photograph: Inpho

The sense of anticipation after an eight-month interlude since Ireland last played has been heightened by the presence of four uncapped players in the(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Guinness Pro 14 trophy after the victory over Ulster in the final at the Aviva Stadium in September. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The reaction to the probability of the four South African Super Rugby franchises joining an expanded Pro 16 has been mixed. By and large, the response(...)

Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

Joey Carbery   receives medical attention prior to being taken off during the Guinness Summer Series match between Ireland and Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ireland 29 Italy 10 In what represented something of a trial for a host of players, ironically it was the performance and premature departure of one (...)

 Ireland’s Joey Carbery is helped from the pitch after sustaining an injury. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Ireland 29 Italy 10 Ireland duly negotiated their first of four World Cup warm-up games, but this ninth successive win over the Azzurri was not witho(...)

Joey Carbery during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Ireland’s first World Cup warm-up match against Italy. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 2pm (Live on RTÉ 2 and Channel 4) If it looks, swims and quacks like a trial, then it probably is a trial. (...)

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