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Connacht’s Caolin Blade looks set to be included in the Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations matches. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Caolin Blade, the uncapped 24-year-old Connacht scrumhalf, is set to be included in the Irish squad for their defence of the forthcoming Six Nations w(...)

Munster’s head coach Johann van Graan knows what’s at stake in this weekend’s Champions Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

In the aftermath of Exeter’s 34-12 bonus point win over a typically bad-tempered Castres to set up their Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 decider against(...)

Castres’s Thibault Lassalle and Munster’s CJ Stander compete in a maul during the French side’s Champions Cup victory on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby is not a dirty game insists Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty. One of the names aired to replace Greg Feek after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Fogar(...)

Garry Ringrose offloads to Andrew Conway for one of his his threee tries during Ireland’s autumn international against the USA at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 57 USA 14 As with the first of their November quartet of games, Ireland bookended their autumnal programme with another commanding win over T(...)

Finlay Bealham has been selected to start against the USA. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In making 14 changes from the first Irish side to beat the All Blacks on home soil last week for tomorrow’s meeting with the USA, as expected Joe Schm(...)

 Conor  Murray’s presence in Carton House gives him the opportunity to turn the assumptions of Hansen and O’Gara into reality.

Conor Murray could yet face New Zealand on November 17th with both All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen and Ronan O’Gara suggesting that the Ireland scr(...)

Johann van Graan: his Munster team trail Glasgow Warriors by 10 points in the table with a modest record of three wins from six matches. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Park (5.15, live on Eir Sport, Premier Sports) Nine of the 11 Munster players named in the Ireland squad for the (...)

Joey Carbery and Kieran Marmion will look forward to gaining valuable international game time in their respective positions over the next month. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When World Rugby’s vice-chairman Agustin Pichot and CEO Brett Gosper recently described non-tournament Tests as “friendlies”, it was a decidedly disin(...)

Ulster’s Will Addison has been named in Joe Schmidt’s squad for the November internationals. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Joe Schmidt has named a 42-man squad for November’s international series, including an uncapped trio of backs in Will Addison, Sam Arnold and Ross Byr(...)

Will Addison of Ulster charges upfield during the Champions Cup match between Ulster  and Leicester Tigers,  October 13th, 2018 in Belfast. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty

In the likelihood that Johnny Sexton and most or all of the other front-liners will be excused duty from next week’s meeting with Italy in Chicago in (...)

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