Head coach Anthony Eddy talks to the Ireland women’s team during squad training for the  World Cup Sevens at   San Francisco GAA club. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland Men and Women Sevens teams take to the field at AT&T Park in San Francisco, home to the San Francisco Giants Baseball team, in their r(...)

Lansdowne’s Alan Peter Beirne scores a try. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Cork Constitution 12 Lansdowne 32 Three tries in the third quarter propelled Lansdowne to a long-awaited Ulster Bank Bateman Cup title - the club’s (...)

Terry Kennedy and Bryan Mollen during Ireland’s quarter-final win over Zimbabwe. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Ireland’s pursuit of a place in next year’s World Rugby Sevens series came to an agonising end as they were beaten 12-7 by Japan in the semi-finals of(...)

Jimmy O’Brien (L) and Harry Kennedy in action against Uruguay. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Ireland are through to the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Sevens Repechage tournament after a comprehensive 38-5 win over Zimbabwe in the last eight. A(...)

Tim Schmidt, pictured here playing a senior cup match  for Terenure College in 2014, has been named in the Ireland Sevens squad for this weekend’s  Silicon Valley Sevens tournament in San Jose, California. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Tim Schmidt has been included in the Ireland squad for the Silicon Valley Sevens tournament in San Jose, California this weekend. The Terenure scrumha(...)

Connacht’s record try scorer Fionn Carr is a key member of the Ireland sevens set-up. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s victory in the first leg of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix series in Moscow at the weekend has allowed them to take a significant step f(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne and Rory O’Loughlin, products of the province’s academy,  in action against Northamptonm Saints at Franklin Gardens. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Rory O’Loughlin replaced Rob Kearney early in the second half at Franklin’s Gardens last Friday, he joined Adam Byrne and another substitute, Ros(...)

Dave Kearney has been ruled out of Leinster’s clash with Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Fergus McFadden and Dave Kearney have been ruled out of Leinster’s meeting with Munster this Saturday after both wingers were forced off the field in (...)

Rob Kearney (L) is out of Leinster’s clash with Edinburgh after picking up a knee injury in the province’s defeat to Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

Rob Kearney may be out of the Leinster team for a number of weeks after picking up a knee injury against Glasgow last weekend. The Leinster and Irelan(...)

Leinster coach Leo Cullen: “It is a long season. We need to manage our squad as best we can.” Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho

It says plenty about Leinster’s strength in depth, and their need for same, that despite using close on 40 players in their three warm-up games a furt(...)

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