Rhys Ruddock

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Leinster’s Ross Byrne dejected after their 32-23 loss to La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Marcel Deflandre on Sunday. Photograph: Manuel Blondeau/Inpho

So, no five-star Heineken Champions Cup final after all, rather a sixth all-French final after La Rochelle thoroughly eclipsed Leinster to earn a deci(...)

Ireland’s Béibhinn Parsons goes past Elinor Snowsill of Wales during the Women’s Six Nations match at  Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/Inpho

Béibhinn Parsons was incredible against Wales. I am not going to compare her to an Irish player from the past. She is a unique talent that comes alon(...)

Jordan Larmour scores a try for Leinster  under pressure from Exeter’s Stuart Hogg  during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final  at Sandy Park. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Exeter Chiefs 22 Leinster 34 Leinster will be in the open draw for the semi-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup, where they will be the only non-Fre(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan and senior coach Stephen Larkham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I do not like Munster. This is my politically correct opinion. Always liked the people, love the south west coast, but not the club. The only reason (...)

Leinster’s Ryan Baird competes in the air with Chris Farrell of Munster during the Guinness Pro 14 Final at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By now, Johann van Graan can relate to Sisyphus. Another season-defining game, another Leinster 80 minutes to take everyone’s breath away, the Munster(...)

The Guinness Pro 14 could return to terrestrial television next season with RTÉ strong contenders to take over the tournament’s primary broadcasting r(...)

Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune will be starting his first game in over a year. File photograph: Inpho

Ulster v Leinster, Kingspan Stadium, Saturday, 7.35pm – Live Eir Sport 1 and Premier Sports 1 (deferred on TG4, 9.30pm) Ulster’s Pro14 season reaches(...)

Craig Casey featured in the win over Italy but heads back to Munster this week. Photograph: Inpho

Following Ireland’s win over Italy on Saturday the IRFU has released 13 players back to their provinces. The players will get some game time in next w(...)

Ireland’s Craig Casey celebrates with Ryan Baird after they both made their international debut in the victory over Italy at the Stade Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

There’s nothing like a restorative, pick-me-up trek to Rome. Suddenly, in stark contrast to the injury-afflicted team pulled together to face France a(...)

Dave Kilcoyne’s only previous Six Nations start for Ireland came in Rome in 2019. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell is expected to ring the changes when the Irish side to face Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm Irish time)(...)

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