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 Robbie Henshaw got some valuable big game international experience against Australia. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The succession strategy for Ireland’s No 13 jersey is clearly underway and the process has Joe Schmidt’s fingerprints all over it. It currently looks (...)

 All Black captain Richie McCaw wears the scars of the match  following the   game against Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

What can be said after that? A chance of history snatched from Ireland’s grasp at the death by the seemingly unstoppable All Blacks winning machine. (...)

Jonathan Sexton will start against New Zealand.

Despite ongoing injury concerns, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named Rob Kearney, Jonathan Sexton and Brian O’Driscoll in the starting XV to face N(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll: “There are plenty of other games when I have managed injuries, that’s part and parcel of our game now. You have to be able to cope with dead legs and small muscle injuries and seeing through the game in its entirety.”

Brian O’Driscoll’s calf injury is threatening to deny Ireland’s greatest ever player one last tilt at beating the All Blacks this Sunday. As was the c(...)

Chris Henry goes off injured during the game against Samoa at the Aviva stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland backrow Chris Henry will miss the rest of the November international series after tearing his hamstring in Ireland’s win over Samoa in the Av(...)

Brian O’Driscoll attempts to evade  Adi Jacob. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

South Africa 28 Lions 25June 27th, 2009, Pretoria A seventh successive test match defeat for the Lions, but there was no shame in this one. They put t(...)

Zane Kirchner will make his first start for Leinster at fullback away to the Dragons. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

South Africa international Zane Kirchner will make his first start in Leinster’s RaboDirect Pro12 clash away Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade on(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Dan Parks of Connacht 	challenge for the ball during the RaboDirect Pro12 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 16 Connacht 13: Connacht were just three minutes away from a famous interprovincial derby victory at the RDS, but Leinster pulled it out of t(...)

 Leinster’s Ian Madigan will hope to impress at home to  Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For some curious reason Connacht have tended to take Leinster’s scalp more readily than those of their other inter-provincial rivals, but having stunn(...)

 Ian Madigan and Shane Jennings in training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has opted to freshen up the team for tomorrow’s visit of Connacht to the RDS (6.45) for the RaboDirect Pro12 clash.Luke F(...)

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