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Andrew Porter replaced Tadhg Furlong in the early stages of Ireland’s win over Italy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With an update on Tadhg Furlong’s hamstring tear imminent, Andrew Porter is poised to become a crucial figure for Ireland. The 22-year-old tighthead (...)

Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw is treated on the pitch after injuring his shoulder during the Six Nations match against Italy at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The usual tale: one man goes down in agony, another barely recovers to fill the gap. With Robbie Henshaw all but ruled out of this Six Nations, Garry (...)

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg celebrates at the final whistle of last year’s Six Nations win over Ireland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rob Kearney believes the opening 20 minutes in France on Saturday will be crucial to Ireland’s hopes of winning this year’s Six Nations Championship. (...)

Ireland  coach Joe Schmidt  noted that this was the youngest Ireland squad for a Six Nations in his time at the helm. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The annual Natwest Six Nations launch in the Syon Park Hilton certainly brought Six Nations weather, and as well as the dank, grey, wet, windy weather(...)

Dave Kilcoyne suffered a knee injury early in Munster’s 48-3 European Champions Cup win over Castres at Thomond Park on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The unfortunate Dave Kilcoyne was the only additional casualty among the 36 players named by Joe Schmidt for Ireland’s opening two Six Nations games a(...)

 Jordan Larmour: impressive form with Leinster could see him win a place in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations games. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pedigree counts in the European Champions Cup; it always has. Take the 77th-minute decision by Racing to go for another three-pointer rather than seek(...)

Stephen Donald: The New Zealander should be available to hook up with Ulster when the Guinness Pro14 campaign resumes in February. Photograph:Photosport/Bruce Lim/Inpho

Ulster are set to announce the short-term signing of All Black World Cup winner Stephen Donald to fill the void at out-half when Christian Leali’ifano(...)

Jason Stockdale:  expected to be included on the Ulster side to face  Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

In what few reckon will be anything other than a now traditionally unpleasant trip to the RDS, Ulster will at least be heading south on Saturday with (...)

Connacht’s John Muldoon celebrates as Eoghan Masterson scores a try against Ulster in the Guinness Pro14 clash at the Sportsground, Galway, last Saturday.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the wake of last Saturday’s record defeat at the hands of Connacht, the outlook has become decidedly grim around the Kingspan Stadium, with the pre(...)

Jared Payne: has suffered headaches after training since returning from the British and Irish Lions tour in the summer.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The head injury causing so much anxiety to Ireland and Ulster centre Jared Payne has improved but Ulster do not have a timeline for the return of thei(...)

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