Jordan Larmour has been named in a 36-man Ireland squad for the Six nations. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jordan Larmour remains the story but Rob Kearney should keep 30-something flames burning bright come the team announcement to face France in Ireland’s(...)

 Jordan Larmour: impressive form with Leinster could see him win a place in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations games. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pedigree counts in the European Champions Cup; it always has. Take the 77th-minute decision by Racing to go for another three-pointer rather than seek(...)

Josh Murphy: “Josh is very abrasive,” said Leo Cullen, “he gets through a mountain of work and that’s what coaches like.”  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster v Ulster, RDS, 5.35pm (Live TG4, BBC NI, Sky Sports) Strap in, because the rugby does not let up until May. Now we see why Leinster never w(...)

Jason Stockdale:  expected to be included on the Ulster side to face  Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

In what few reckon will be anything other than a now traditionally unpleasant trip to the RDS, Ulster will at least be heading south on Saturday with (...)

Connacht’s John Muldoon celebrates as Eoghan Masterson scores a try against Ulster in the Guinness Pro14 clash at the Sportsground, Galway, last Saturday.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the wake of last Saturday’s record defeat at the hands of Connacht, the outlook has become decidedly grim around the Kingspan Stadium, with the pre(...)

Iain Henderson: will captain Ulster at Harlequins as Rory Best misses out through injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Harlequins v Ulster, The Stoop, Sunday, 1.0 (BT Sport) Ulster’s Champions Cup campaign stands at a crossroads and this game will have a pivotal impac(...)

Ulster’s Luke Marshall has been a consistent performer for the province since his breakthrough season in 2010. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland internationals Luke Marshall, Rob Herring and Kieran Treadwell have signed three-year contract extensions with Ulster which will keep them at (...)

Ulster centre Luke Marshall has been ruled out with an Achilles issue and will be sidelined for at least two weeks. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho

Even though they haven’t played since just about getting past Southern Kings at the start of the month, Ulster are now returning to Pro14 action weigh(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney scores a try despite the efforts of Timoci Nagusa of Fiji during the the game at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 23 Fiji 20 Much like the overall collective performance, many of those auditioning for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland had patchy games, as ultimately (...)

Bundee Aki at an  Ireland  training session in  Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

People of a certain vintage will remember John Sullivan’s sitcom Citizen Smith, – he also wrote Only Fools and Horses – where Robert Lindsay played th(...)

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