Kieran Marmion

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Jamison Gibson-Park is a doubt for Ireland’s Six Nations game against France in Paris  next Saturday with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jamison Gibson-Park, Keith Earls and Rónan Kelleher will all be closely monitored over the next two days before Andy Farrell and his assistants name t(...)

Connacht coach Andy Friend is not underestimating Edinburgh despite the side’s injury losses. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have been forced to overcome unexpected hurdles this week as they prepare to take on Edinburgh in Murrayfield on Sunday. The province had it(...)

Garry Ringrose Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki are all fit to start for Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Three into two won’t go, although such was the frequency one or other of Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose were sidelined in the last two (...)

Ulster’s John Cooney impressed in Ulster’s Pro14 win on Saturday evening in Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Cooney’s search for meaning Sitting in Auschwitz, Viktor Frankl never imagined that someday his musings would inspire our Offloader of the Week. But (...)

Ireland rugby head coach Andy Farrell: sending out a wider signal that performances will be rewarded. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

One of the more immediate and striking aspects of the 35-man squad Andy Farrell and his assistant coaches will assemble next week for the rearranged g(...)

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 (...)

Connacht veteran John Muldoon celebrates in front of the fans after the  Pro12 final victory over Leinster at Murrayfield in May 2016.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby, like sport, is littered with huge one-off upsets, be it Munster beating the All Blacks in 1978, Japan toppling South Africa, France’s two World(...)

The high quality match that Munster and Leinster produced last week was the product of a much deeper motivation than fans cheering. Photograph: Inpho

Empty rugby stadiums are cold and melancholic structures. Without people, arenas such as Eden Park, Twickenham, Ellis Park and Lansdowne Road are(...)

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland says his side are taking nothing for granted against Connacht as they look to qualify for the Pro 14 semi-finals. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht v Ulster, Aviva Stadium, Sunday, 4.30pm – Live on TG4 and Eir Sport The clock has finally ticked down to this weekend’s return of Pro14 rugb(...)

Ian Madigan is in the Ulster squad for Sunday’s clash with Connacht. File photograph: Inpho

New signings Alby Mathewson and Ian Madigan will start on the Ulster replacements bench for Sunday’s interprovincial derby against Connacht at the Avi(...)

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