James Downey

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Ian Keatley to return for Munster against Ospreys. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

A summit meeting between the League’s top two sides might normally have set the pulses racing, all the more so given the historical edge between th(...)

If they are to achieve success against a limited but dogged Leicester Tigers side in tonight’s Heineken Cup encounter at Ravenhill, Ulster will need to play creative rugby, making full use of lively, skilled backs such as Tommy Bowe. Photograph: Chris Fairweather/Inpho

Munster’s outhalf Ian Keatley got man of the match last week against Leinster by varying his point of contact through multiple touches, hitting the li(...)

Peter O’Mahony will captain Munster away to Treviso. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony will captain Munster on his return to the side for Friday night’s RaboDirect Pro12 game away to Treviso at Stadio di Monigo (7.30pm Iri(...)

New Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.

Joe Schmidt yesterday announced his first training squad as the new Irish coach.Given Ireland used 48 players last season, a 10-match itinerary ravage(...)

 Munster’s Andrew Conway will make his first competitive start for the province against Zebre.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former Leinster back Andrew Conway will make his first competitive start for Munster when they lineout against Zebre at Stadio XXV Aprile on Friday ni(...)

Munster BJ Botha is out of action for four weeks with a knee injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster prop BJ Botha is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks with a medial ligament injury.The Grade 2 tear was sustained in the friendly(...)

James Downey during a squad training session at Upper Canada College, Toronto, yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

*Jour·ney·man**n.*1. One who has fully served an apprenticeship in a trade or craft and is a qualified worker in another’s employ.2. an experienced re(...)

New Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt pictured in Toronto. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jamie Cudmore will not feature against Ireland in Saturday’s final leg of the North American tour. The veteran Canadian lock has not recovered from th(...)

Stuart Olding takes part in Ireland training at Carton House after passing a fitness test on an injured ankle. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Les Kiss this week credited the leap in American rugby as an attacking entity to the influence of Trinity College director of rugby Tony Smeeth.Well k(...)

Ulster centre  Stuart Olding in action during the  RaboDirect Pro12 Final against Leinster at the RDS. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland acting head coach Les Kiss and captain Peter O’Mahony today welcomed Rory Best’s call-up by the British and Irish Lions, but claimed he should(...)

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