Ireland centre  Seán O’Brien makes in action during the relegation playoff against Japan at the World Rugby Under-20 Championships in Beziers. Photograph: Alexandre Dimou/Inpho/World Rugby

Ireland Under-20 39 Japan Under-20 33 Ireland survived a tense finale to preserve their status as an elite team for next season’s Under-20 World Cham(...)

Michael Silvester is tackled during Ireland’s defeat to Scotland in Perpignan. Photograph: Pascal Rodriguez/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 29 Scotland Under-20 45 The imprecision and morass of errors that pockmarked previous defeats in the tournament resurfaced again as (...)

France Under-20 v Ireland Under-20, Stade Aime-Giral (8.0, Irish time, live on Eir Sport) As assignments go, this one is a doozey. Noel McNamara’s Ir(...)

Noel McNamara has named his team to play France in the Under-20 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland Under-20 head coach Noel McNamara has named six players with World Cup experience for the tournament’s opening game against hosts France on We(...)

 Diarmuid Barron, Caelan Doris and Matthew Agnew at the announcement of the  squad for the U-20 World Cup in France at Spencer Dock in Dublin yesterday. Inpho: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A new captain, five uncapped players, a coaching team trimmed by one and injuries to a couple of key players represent an overview of the challenges f(...)

Glenstal Abbey celebrate after defeating Rockwell College 18-0 in the Munster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final at Clanwilliam RFC, Tipperary. Photograph: Inpho

Ardscoil Rís from Limerick caused one of the biggest shocks in the Munster Schools Senior Cup by defeating the holders CBC 9-7 in a dramatic quarter-f(...)