Barry Daly makes a break for Leinster against BenettonGuinness at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Barry Daly’s rugby career could bring to mind the popular board game, ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ a volatile sequence of ups and downs. The 27-year-old Lein(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy,  last year’s Ireland U-20s outhalf, in action in the Guinness PRO14 against Edinburgh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Securing a regular high-level playing outlet for the premier young talent in Irish rugby remains a conundrum for the IRFU. There are a finite number (...)

Aaron Hinkley was yellow carded after this hit on Angus Kernohan during Ireland’s 42-26 win on Tuesday. Photograph;  Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images

Despite the bruising nature of the encounter the Ireland Under-20 squad is in reasonably good shape physically after their tumultuous 42-26 victory ov(...)

Ted Hill:   made his full England debut against Japan in the November internationals.  Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Pool A France: The defending world champions won the tournament on home soil last summer and there are a number of familiar faces including world pla(...)

Ireland’s Scott Penny is among four Grand Slam winners to miss the World Championships. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Ireland Under-20 squad will be without outhalf Harry Byrne (hip flexor), flanker Scott Penny (shoulder), centre David Hawkshaw (ACL/MCL) and wing (...)

Charlie Ryan, the Ireland U-20 captain. “The first game [against England] the atmosphere was the best I have ever played in. It’s only going to get better for this France game.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 v France Under-20, Musgrave Park (7.15, live on RTÉ 2) France, world champions, Six Nations title holders, conquerors of Wales and S(...)

Dylan Tierney-Martin of Ireland under-20. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Italy under-20 v Ireland under-20, Rieti (6pm Irish time; live on Irish Rugby You Tube channel) Victories over England and Scotland see Noel McNamara(...)

Connacht’s Paul Boyle in action against  Southern Kings. “He carries hard, he tackles hard, he knows his role and he knows where he’s meant to be,” says coach Andy Friend.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul Boyle has never shirked a challenge or cowed in the face of adversity on a rugby pitch. So, when a contract didn’t materialise at Leinster as he (...)

Noel McNamara: “Taking on that challenge  was exciting. For me it was about trying to create a culture around our defence. I certainly got a buy-in [from the players].  Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Inpho

Noel McNamara has managed to shoehorn a massive workload into the past 12 months. It began from the moment he took over as head coach of the Ireland (...)

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