Jack Conan: “I worked hard in those early years because I knew I was behind other people. I knew I needed to work harder to get where I wanted to go.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jack Conan makes his Six Nations debut today. At 25, he knows he’s not exactly an overnight sensation. Coming from the backrow logjam in Leinster, nev(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in 2014: Ruddock said will it be a good challenge to play against Stander. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Players will tell you they don’t overburden themselves concentrating on their opposite numbers. Believing in their own ability, Conor Murray won’t fre(...)

Denis Hurley will miss the start of the season because of an ankle injury picked up in training last week. Photograph: Inpho

Tommy O’Donnell will discover the severity of his injury in the next couple of days when he visits a specialist to review his hip problem. O’Donnell w(...)