George Ford has won his fitness battle after England declared him ready to face Ireland in Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup clash at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

George Ford has won his fitness battle after England declared him ready to face Ireland in Saturday’s Autumn Nations Cup clash at Twickenham. Ford mi(...)

 Rhys Ruddock scores  a try for Ireland in the World Cup  against Russia at  Kobe City, Japan. That match against Russia was his  first, and thus far only, competitive start. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Back in the summer of 2010, a 19-year-old with a prodigious build and talent was rerouted from the IRB Under-20 World Championship in Argentina, where(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton was replaced during the Six Nations match against France in Paris. Photo: Dave Winter/Inpho

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has apologised to Ireland coach Andy Farrell for the manner he reacted to being replaced by Ross Byrne in the Six Nation(...)

James Ryan in action on his Ireland debut against France at the Stade de France in February 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

History has proved that Warren Gatland is capable of anything when it comes to selecting a team. Making James Ryan his British and Irish Lions captain(...)

Munster back Shane Daly has been named in Ireland’s Six Nations squad. File photograph: Inpho

The winds of change in the Andy Farrell era have, as expected, swept a little stronger through the Irish squad following the announcement of a 35-man (...)

 Mark McCall talks to the media after his team’s win over Leinster on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Inpho

‘That’s Life’ by Frank Sinatra blared from giant speakers in the Aviva rafters as Maro Itoje and Vincent Koch strolled off the turf behind a flash of (...)

Leo Cullen has said Leinster were ‘spooked’ at the start of their defeat to Saracens. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leo Cullen used the word “spooked” repeatedly in describing his team’s first-half performance following their uncertain start against a predictably fi(...)

Ryan Baird and Jack Conan in action during the Leinster Captain’s Run at the  Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster will be playing in their third successive knock-out match when facing Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final on Saturday, with (...)

Ulster players salute their fans after victory over Toulouse at the Stade Ernest Wallon during the 2015 Champions Cup pool stages. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/Inpho/Presseye

On foot of a little statistical anomaly there may be a little relief in Ulster that England’s Wayne Barnes will referee Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cu(...)

Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw avails of an intercept to score a try against Ulster during the  Pro14 final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

LEINSTER 27 ULSTER 5 Defences win championships goes the old adage, and few final wins underlined the point like this one. Of course, few teams know(...)

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