Robert Baloucoune starts for Ireland against the USA this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Andy Farrell has radically changed the Irish starting XV and matchday squad for Saturday’s meeting with the USA Eagles at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off (...)

Japan’s Siosaia Fifita  tackles Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier during the match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/AFP via Getty Images

In the absence of Ireland’s Lions and rested trio of veterans, Peter O’Mahony was, by some distance, the most experienced player in Ireland’s 37-man s(...)

Uncapped Ulster centre James Hume has been added to the Ireland squad for the Tests against Japan and the USA after Garry Ringrose was ruled out. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Garry Ringrose has been ruled out of Ireland’s Test matches against Japan and the USA due to a shoulder injury that requires a “procedure”. The 26-ye(...)

Rónan Kelleher alongside Ken Owens during a Lions training session in Jersey on Monday. The  Leinster hooker has also been named in Andy Farrell’s 37-man squad for the July Tests  against Japan and the USA. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As is usually the case in a Lions summer, but perhaps even more so this year, the 37-man Irish squad named for next month’s Tests against Japan and th(...)

Leinster’s Harry Byrne has been named in Ireland’s squad for the summer series. File photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

As expected, Irish captain Johnny Sexton has been excused from this summer’s two tests at home to Japan and the USA in a 37-man Irish squad named by A(...)

Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Iain Henderson and Nick Timoney of Ulster during the Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game at the  RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw versus Robert Baloucoune. Let’s look at that tackle. Leinster beat Ulster 21-17, that’s four points, but Henshaw’s try-saving tackle i(...)

Referee Frank Murphy and  assistant referee Andrew Brace review a decision during the Connacht v Leinster   Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game at  The Sportsground. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The trial which permits a red-carded player to be replaced by a team-mate after 20 minutes is an absolute crock. Effectively, it makes a sending-off a(...)

Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw in action during Friday night’s Rainbow Cup encounter with Ulster. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster 21 Ulster 17 Connacht having opened the door for themselves and the others in the peleton with their win in Thomond Park, Leinster duly rep(...)

Andy Farrell:  instead of the Fijian tour, the IRFU are very close to signing off on two home Tests this summer  against Japan and the United States. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There can be little doubt that the lack of a voice from the Irish coaching ticket, and specifically Andy Farrell, didn’t help the chances of one or tw(...)

Will Addison: the 28-year-old Irish international making his last appearance for Ulster in a Heineken Champions Cup pool match against Bath in  January  2020 in Belfast. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium (8.15, live on Eir Sport 2 and Premier Sports) Will Addison’s patience and character received a gruelling examin(...)

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