Rónan Kelleher alongside Ken Owens during a Lions training session in Jersey on Monday. The  Leinster hooker has also been named in Andy Farrell’s 37-man squad for the July Tests  against Japan and the USA. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As is usually the case in a Lions summer, but perhaps even more so this year, the 37-man Irish squad named for next month’s Tests against Japan and th(...)

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(...)

Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Iain Henderson and Nick Timoney of Ulster during the Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game at the  RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw versus Robert Baloucoune. Let’s look at that tackle. Leinster beat Ulster 21-17, that’s four points, but Henshaw’s try-saving tackle i(...)

Referee Frank Murphy and  assistant referee Andrew Brace review a decision during the Connacht v Leinster   Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game at  The Sportsground. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The trial which permits a red-carded player to be replaced by a team-mate after 20 minutes is an absolute crock. Effectively, it makes a sending-off a(...)

Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw in action during Friday night’s Rainbow Cup encounter with Ulster. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster 21 Ulster 17 Connacht having opened the door for themselves and the others in the peleton with their win in Thomond Park, Leinster duly rep(...)

Andy Farrell:  instead of the Fijian tour, the IRFU are very close to signing off on two home Tests this summer  against Japan and the United States. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There can be little doubt that the lack of a voice from the Irish coaching ticket, and specifically Andy Farrell, didn’t help the chances of one or tw(...)

Will Addison: the 28-year-old Irish international making his last appearance for Ulster in a Heineken Champions Cup pool match against Bath in  January  2020 in Belfast. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium (8.15, live on Eir Sport 2 and Premier Sports) Will Addison’s patience and character received a gruelling examin(...)

Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune is a rare ‘commodity’ in Irish rugby a bona fide wing with the skill sets to match his top end pace. File photograph: Inpho

The Rainbow Cup exudes a more monochrome hue with the confirmation that the South African franchises won’t be travelling to the northern hemisphere; i(...)

 Rob Herring scores Ulster’s fifth try against Harlequins at The Stoop. Photograph: Getty Images

Harlequins 21 Ulster 57 Ulster progressed to the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup and will now face Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gard(...)

Leinster’s Hugo Keenan makes a break during the Guinness Pro 14 Final against Munster at the RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There is still a wide-eyed wonder about Hugo Keenan, how it is he got here. A former Irish Sevens player, he’s no stranger to the thinner air of inter(...)

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