Ireland’s head coach Joe Schmidt  with outhalf  Jonathan Sexton at a training session at the Steelers Training Ground in Kobe. “I’m still incredibly positive about this group.”  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

Whether or not Ireland peaked in their virtually unblemished 2018, last Saturday in Shizuoka was further evidence of how they undoubtedly became the h(...)

 The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camps  were launched by Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw, Josh Van Der Flier and  Rhys Ruddock  along with school kids,  from left, Kate Gunne, age 9, Molly Kearney (8), Vincent Hoolahan (10) and Andrew Quinlan (9) at  St. Mary’s National School, Ranelagh. Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Robbie Henshaw is back in full training and has confirmed he is in line to return to the Leinster line-up for their Pro14 game at home to Glasgow on S(...)

Sean O’Brien: It’s hard to think of him ever being omitted out of choice by either Schmidt or Declan Kidney since establishing himself as a regular in the Irish team in  2011. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien has seemingly been omitted from the Irish match-day 23 for Sunday’s penultimate Six Nations meeting with France at the Aviva Stadium (kic(...)

Jack Carty celebrates scoring a conversion for Connacht that won the game against Wasps in the Champions Cup at the Sportsground last month. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

If it doesn’t break you it can make you. This time a year ago Irish rugby was at a low ebb and perhaps no-one was in a lower place than Jack Carty. Bo(...)