Luke Fitzgerald

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Luke Fitzgerad: suffered a litany of series injuries which curtailed the number of Test caps he won to 35, one more than his dad, Des. Photograph: Alan Betson

Luke Fitzgerald, lost to rugby at 28, was so rare a talent that Leinster signed him to a full professional contract straight from school. Within six (...)

Luke Fitzgerald has won three Heineken Cups, a Challenge Cup and three Pro12 titles with Leinster. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Leinster have this morning confirmed that Luke Fitzgerald has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect. As a result of (...)

Stuart Olding starts Ireland’s second test against South Africa this weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has reacted indignantly to the notion that his selection for this Saturday’s second test can be interpreted as a sign that Ireland are hol(...)

Ronan O’Gara  tackles Schalk Burger  during the second Test of Ireland’s last tour to South Africa in 2004. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A three-Test tour to South Africa at the end of a year-long World Cup season may be what World Rugby’s global Test itinerary demands, but it is not ex(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “From the coaches’ perspective, we’re incredibly excited about the opportunity this gives us.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has made four changes to the squad for the three-Test series in South Africa after injuries ruled out Jonathan Sexton (shoul(...)

 Leinster’s Dave Kearney has been ruled out of the tour of South Africa.

Jonathan Sexton has been ruled out of Ireland’s three-match tour to South Africa after undergoing shoulder surgery earlier in the week. The Leinster (...)

“Do we want Joe to stay? Absolutely and commit right through until 2019. He’s got an unusual set of circumstances and we’re just happy to work with him on those and he’ll let us know as soon as he’s got a clear indication in his own head.”

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is under no immediate pressure to indicate whether he wants to extend his contract beyond the current agreement that finish(...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Simon Zebo and Matt Healy appear to be the leading contenders to replace the stricken Luke Fitzgerald tomorrow in the 32-man squad which departs for t(...)

Ireland assistant coach Andy Farrell  at a press conference at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

One of the reasons for a degree of optimism about Ireland’s forthcoming tour to South Africa, even though it will end with a record 17th Test in a 52(...)

Matt Healy celebrates scoring Connacht’s third try during the Guinness Pro 12 Final at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald’s grade two medial tear, sustained during Saturday’s Pro 12 final in Edinburgh, looks set to see Matt Healy tour South Africa. The hu(...)

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