Ireland’s Ultan Dillane takes on France’s  Mathieu Bastareaud during the recent clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht v Benetton, Sportsground (7.35, live on TG4, Eir Sport) Connacht coach Andy Friend has elected to include three internationals for an import(...)

Ulster’s Rob Herring scoring a try against Benetton at Stadio Monigo, Treviso, Italy. Photograph:  Elena Barbini/Inpho

BENETTON RUGBY 10 ULSTER 15 Ulster moved up to second in the Pro14’s Conference B table after another stuttering performance proved to be enough to g(...)

Ulster’s Henry Speight in action during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Benetton at  Stadio Monigo in  Treviso. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Benetton Rugby 10 Ulster 15 Ulster moved up to second in the Pro 14’s Conference B table despite another stuttering performance which still proved to(...)

Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw beats Gareth Davies of the Scarlets in the  Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on April 21st. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It will go down as the luckiest serious injury of the season. Lucky in that the bone didn’t crack when it could have, and lucky that the tendon didn’t(...)

Nine Irish players have been included in our team of the tournament. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

When it comes to picking the team of the tournament there’s a temptation to pick 15 Irish players. Their collective performance in winning five from f(...)

Keith Earls: will be expecting to be part of a potent Ireland backline against Italy at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 2.15pm. (On TV: Live on TV3 and ITV)   This is an altogether different conundrum. A less lubrica(...)

Italy’s Ian McKinley is not in Conor O’Shea’s squad. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Italy coach Conor O’Shea has admitted he had to stop himself from picking Ian McKinley to face Ireland purely to create a “romantic story”. Dublin-bo(...)

Sam Simmonds breaks to score the first of his brace of tries against Italy. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

Italy 15 England 46 The Six Nations has barely started but, suddenly, all roads lead to Twickenham. If Wales have enjoyed the most spectacular start (...)

Scottish-born George Biagi starts for Italy against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Scottish-born lock George Biagi has been named in the Italy side as one of four changes to Conor O’Shea’s starting line-up for the Azzurri’s final 201(...)

 Scrumhalf Edoardo Gori returns to the Italy side for Sunday’s Six Nations opener against Wales in Rome. Photograph:    David Rogers/Getty Images

Italy coach Conor O’Shea has included 10 of the starting line-up that accounted for South Africa in November for Sunday’s Six Nations opener against W(...)

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