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Garry Ringrose during an Irish training session at Carton House this week, he retains the number 13 jersey for Friday night’s trip to Cardiff. Photograph: Inpho

In Cardiff two years ago Wayne Barnes whistled Ireland off the pitch as Leigh Halfpenny kicked Wales into a 12-0 lead that, ultimately, proved the und(...)

There are a few selection conundrums for Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Prospects A very good November series provides momentum, the injury portfolio is reasonable, and France and England have to come to Dublin so there(...)

Rob Herring returns to captain Ulster against Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

Rory Scholes starts on the right wing for Ulster against Zebre on Friday night, just two days after it was announced he is leaving the province for Ed(...)

Newly appointed Ulster head coach Les Kiss. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho.

Ulster’s lack of success on the road was a topic of conversation broached by captain Rory Best and new head coach Les Kiss during the week and the (...)

Ian Madigan has been dropped for Leinster’s must win Pro 12 game against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

In what could be seen as a boost to Gordon D’Arcy’s hopes of making Ireland’s World Cup squad,  Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has taken the dec(...)

Tommy Bowe goes over for his first of two scores during Ulster’s 27-20 win over Connacht at the Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht 20 Ulster 27In a game of seven tries, Ulster took the spoils to maintain their push for the Guinness Pro 12 title, while Connacht had to cont(...)

Stuart Olding: returns to Ulster’s starting line-up for the visit of Toulon. Photo: Jonatahan Porter/Inpho

On paper these things sometimes seem to never quite add up. If you have Bakkies Botha, James O’Connor and Ali Williams and you leave them on the benc(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell arrives for training at Carlton House today.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will lead his country against Wales in the Six Nations Championship match at the Aviva stadium on Saturday.The Munster (...)

Ireland’s Rob Kearney scores the third  try against Scotland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland 28 Scotland 6It was a curious afternoon, one initially pockmarked by frustration as Ireland huffed and puffed their way through the opening 40(...)

Ireland captain  Paul O’Connell has been ruled out of the game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will miss this afternoon’s Six Nations match against Scotland (3pm kick-off) through illness. Dan Tuohy will now start (...)

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