Diarmuid Barron, Caelan Doris and Matthew Agnew at the announcement of the  squad for the U-20 World Cup in France at Spencer Dock in Dublin yesterday. Inpho: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A new captain, five uncapped players, a coaching team trimmed by one and injuries to a couple of key players represent an overview of the challenges f(...)

Munster-bound Tadgh Beirne has been named secondrow for Scarlets. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets Scotstoun (7.45, live on Sky Sports) It’s a clash between defending Pro14 champions the Scarlets and their predecessors (...)

Leinster players congratulating James Ryan after he scored a try against Scarlets.  The genesis of the try  was a sharp lineout move. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Perusing the statistics relating to the knock-out stages of the season’s Champions Cup ahead of Saturday’s final between Leinster and Racing 92 in the(...)

Ulster’s Tommy Bowe: a huge tranche of the rugby community  would like to see him bow out in style in his final home match. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Ulster v Glasgow Warriors Kingspan stadium (6.05pm, live on BBC 2) On a night when the Ravenhill faithful will be biding a fond farewell to two of (...)

Munster’s Keith Earls: his  remarkable rehabilitation from injury forced Johann van Graan to make a selection decision in the back three. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Racing 92 v Munster Kick-off: 3.15pm, Sunday. Venue: U Arena. On TV: Live on BT sport. Ronan O’Gara, the late Anthony Foley, Donnacha Ryan (...)

Munster’s Keith Earls: if he recovers from the knee injury to take his place, it will be a massive boost for Munster. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

A number of issues around the composition of the Ireland’s two Champions Cup semi-finalists, Munster and Leinster – the teams will be announced at mid(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray protests before being awarded a try during the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Toulon at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

There were a number of issues that arose from what constituted a superb weekend in the Champions Cup for Munster and Leinster with both claiming semi-(...)

Nick McCarthy has been troubled by a knee injury and if he is unavailable then Jamison Gibson Park is likely to understudy Luke McGrath for the Saracens match. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Nick McCarthy might hold the key to the selection riddle ahead of Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final against the two-time and defending champions,(...)

How Munster’s Sam Arnold fares againstScarlets’ Scott Williams will be worth watching. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster v Scarlets, Thomond Park, Saturday, 5.30 (live on Sky Sports Arena) Ordinarily a game against the Guinness Pro14 champions would appeal to Mu(...)

Jacob Stockdale: the Ireland winger’s  seven tries proved a Six Nations record.  Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

A third Grand Slam, 12 consecutive victories in the Test arena from the final match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship to the game that marked the s(...)

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