Hugo Keenan

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 Arno Botha and Marcell Coetzee of the Bulls lift the Currie Cup after the win over the Sharks in the final at  Loftus Versfeld. Photograph: Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Another new dawn beckons with the revamped United Rugby Championship kicking off this weekend and this time there really do appear reasons for optimis(...)

Johnny Sexton and Leo Cullen: ‘We’re looking forward to the season now and to getting going, Jake White is a wily old coach with plenty of experience and I’m sure with plenty of tricks up his sleeve,’ said Cullen. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster v Vodacom Bulls, Aviva Stadium. Kick-off: 5.15pm. (On TV: Live on TG4. Premier 1 and URC TV). While missing their quartet of British & (...)

Billy Dardis is ready to lead Ireland out at the Tokyo Olympics: ‘You go into every game wanting to win.’ File photograph: Inpho

When Billy Dardis found himself presented with a live microphone in the immediate aftermath of Irish rugby history in Monaco last month he wasn’t just(...)

Ireland’s Robert Baloucoune scores their side’s first try of the game against the USA  at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Ireland 71 USA 10 As has now been immortalised by that video of Craig Casey crooning Careless Whisper in the away dressingroom at the Stadio Olimpico(...)

Winger Robert Baloucoune goes over for Ireland’s first try at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 71 USA 10 On an idyllic sunny evening in Dublin, this was the largest crowd at a rugby game in Ireland for almost a year and a half. The 6,00(...)

Ireland’s Rónan Kelleher scores one of his four tries during the game against the USA at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

15 Hugo Keenan His reading of the game was once again first class, good instincts, good habits and an awareness of everything that’s going on around (...)

Robert Baloucoune starts for Ireland against the USA this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Andy Farrell has radically changed the Irish starting XV and matchday squad for Saturday’s meeting with the USA Eagles at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off (...)

James Ryan is fit to start against Japan on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Andy Farrell has intimated that he was sounded out about James Ryan availability as a replacement for the stricken Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones last w(...)

Joey Carbery will make his first Irish appearance since 2019 this weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It is a measure of the respect which Japan now command that Andy Farrell has picked his strongest available side for Saturday’s rematch with their Wor(...)

Leinster’s Harry Byrne has been named in Ireland’s squad for the summer series. File photograph: Paul Walsh/Inpho

As expected, Irish captain Johnny Sexton has been excused from this summer’s two tests at home to Japan and the USA in a 37-man Irish squad named by A(...)

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