Ireland’s Jordan Conroy runs in a try against England in bronze medal game at the the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham.  Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Jordan Conroy left an indelible mark on the London Sevens at Twickenham as part of an Ireland squad that produced a series of exceptional performances(...)

Tickets for Ireland’s World Cup Pool A game against hosts Japan  at Shizuoka Stadium range in price from €79 for a Category D ticket to €319 for Category A. Photograph:   Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Should Joe Schmidt’s Ireland reach the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Japan, Irish supporters could be saying sayonara to over €2,500 – and that’s just(...)

France Under-20 v Ireland Under-20, Stade Aime-Giral (8.0, Irish time, live on Eir Sport) As assignments go, this one is a doozey. Noel McNamara’s Ir(...)

Ulster’s Jared Payne: hasn’t played a match since complaining of feeling unwell during a British & Irish Lions tour match against the Chiefs in New Zealand last summer. Photograph: Inpho

Jared Payne’s decision to retire from professional rugby while denying Ulster and Ireland the services of an outstanding player is eminently sensible (...)

 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(...)

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