Rhys Ruddock

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Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby is confident the team can improve their lineout as the pack gain experience. File photograph: Inpho

Although Andy Farrell had intimated that the Irish management might delve further than the 34-man squad chosen for Ireland’s Autumn Nations Cup campai(...)

 Rhys Ruddock scores  a try for Ireland in the World Cup  against Russia at  Kobe City, Japan. That match against Russia was his  first, and thus far only, competitive start. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Back in the summer of 2010, a 19-year-old with a prodigious build and talent was rerouted from the IRB Under-20 World Championship in Argentina, where(...)

Scott Fardy presents Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock with the Man of the Match award at Scotstoun on November 2nd. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

There was little to quibble about in Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad this week. And anyway, the majority of interview minutes were consumed by an unoffic(...)

What will the Ireland team be for the opening fixture in the 2021 Six Nations?  File photograph: Inpho

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell decided to stick rather than twist in personnel terms when naming his Ireland squad during the week for the start of t(...)

Scott Penny scores his Leinster’s third try during the Guinness Pro 14 match against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Glasgow Warriors 19 Leinster 32 Leinster won their 23rd consecutive match in the Guinness Pro14 with an impressive victory at a rain-swept Scotstoun (...)

Conor Murray celebrates after scoring Ireland’s third try during the game against New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago in November 2016. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On Saturday night in Paris the likelihood is that Ireland will need to secure a bonus-point victory over France to secure the 2020 Six Nations Champio(...)

Dan Leavy in action on his Leinster return against Zebre during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Zebre at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 63 Zebre 8 Dan Leavy had to make do with a few slaps and pats from team-mates rather than the roar of approbation that would have greeted hi(...)

Japan celebrate their win over Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Relive Irish misery and Japanese joy in reverse. Last year provided a fascinating study in how everything can go wrong when a sports team is unequippe(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose scores the first try of the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Dragons at the  RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 35 Dragons 5 At a ghostly RDS Leinster set about exorcising a few demons when beginning their attempt at a fourth Guinness Pro 14 title in a(...)

Hugo Keenan has been named at fullback in Leinster’s side to take on the Dragons at the RDS on Friday night. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Pro14: Leinster v Dragons, RDS, Friday, 8.15pm – Live on Eir Sport Leo Cullen’s decision to switch Hugo Keenan to fullback with Jordan Larmour moving(...)

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