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James Ryan in action on his Ireland debut against France at the Stade de France in February 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

History has proved that Warren Gatland is capable of anything when it comes to selecting a team. Making James Ryan his British and Irish Lions captain(...)

Connacht secondrow Ultan Dillane has been called into the Ireland squad for the remaining Six Nations games against Italy and France. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Following on from the loss of Jordan Larmour for the entirety of Ireland’s forthcoming six Test programme with the dislocated shoulder he suffered aga(...)

Joe Schmidt: World Rugby have given Schmidt a daunting new brief. Not many people would consider taking on such an enormous task but it sounds like a job made for Ireland’s meticulous former coach. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Joe Schmidt has taken up an interesting position inside World Rugby. The Director of Rugby and High Performance title has been created for him. It is (...)

Jordan Larmour and Garry Ringrose in action during Leinster’s Guinness Pro 14 game against Benetton at  Stadio Comunale di Monigo in Treviso. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Leinster have confirmed that Jordan Larmour suffered a dislocated shoulder during the province’s victory over Benetton in Treviso last Saturday and wi(...)

Munster back Shane Daly has been named in Ireland’s Six Nations squad. File photograph: Inpho

The winds of change in the Andy Farrell era have, as expected, swept a little stronger through the Irish squad following the announcement of a 35-man (...)

Munster’s Shane Daly could earn an opportunity in Ireland’s remaining Six Nations games. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

All has changed, changed utterly since Ireland’s 2020 Six Nations was unceremoniously interrupted last March and this is liable to be reflected in the(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy was the hero on Saturday in Wales. Photograph: Inpho

The 2020/21 season is going well if . . . After watching events unfold at the RDS on Friday we envisaged Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad for Paris conta(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose scores the first try of the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Dragons at the  RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 35 Dragons 5 At a ghostly RDS Leinster set about exorcising a few demons when beginning their attempt at a fourth Guinness Pro 14 title in a(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Guinness Pro 14 trophy after the victory over Ulster in the final at the Aviva Stadium in September. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The reaction to the probability of the four South African Super Rugby franchises joining an expanded Pro 16 has been mixed. By and large, the response(...)

Rob Kearney, Brad Thorn and Isa Nacewa celebrate after beating Ulster in the 2012 Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the standout features of this dismembered rugby season was when Damian de Allende and RG Snyman appeared in Munster colours. De Allende, a 28(...)

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