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Andrew Conway: could face a scrap for a place in the Ireland squad with the likes of Chris Farrell and  Will Addison. Photograph: Tommy dickson/Inpho

Joe Schmidt swept away the debris. The succession plan revealed, Andy Farrell takes over with Schmidt departing in November 2019. Now, as a reward, th(...)

Sean O’Brien: will captain the Leinster side against Treviso in Italy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Benetton Treviso v Leinster, Stadio Comunale di Monigo (3.0, Irish time, live on Eir Sport, Premier Sports) It’s a little over six months ago that th(...)

Seán O’Brien, Peter McCabe, Bundee Aki and Eoin Griffin at a Connacht squad training sesion at Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Robin Copeland will make his Connacht debut, Tom Farrell has recovered from illness, Bundee Aki makes his first start of the season alongside him in m(...)

 Connacht’s head coach Andy Friend: “We face a big challenge in Murrayfield.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Edinburgh v Connacht Venue: Murrayfield. Kick off: 7.35pm. On TV: eirSport and Premier Sports. Paul Boyle is used to confounding convention. He shru(...)

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 (...)

Lansdowne wing Peter Sullivan: he will start for Ireland against Georgia. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 v Georgia Under-20, Narbonne (5.30pm Irish time, live on Eir Sport) Ireland coach Noel McNamara has made four changes to the side (...)

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(...)

 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(...)

Belvedere’s David Hawkshaw is tackled by Tom Monaghan of Clongowes in last year’s Bank of Ireland Leinster Senior Cup semi-final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Belvedere College v Blackrock College, Friday, RDS, 2pm (Eir Sport) It’s a reprise of last year’s final, which Belvedere College won 10-3, with a sma(...)

Sean O’Brien and Ultan Dillane of Connacht  training in  Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photograph: Frikkie Kapp/Inpho

Cheetahs v Connacht Toyota Stadium (5.35pm, Irish time, live on Sky Sports) Connacht demonstrated character in eking out a late victory away to Zebr(...)

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