IRFU’s head of international talent ID and development Joe Lydon: “Success has to be Ireland as a national team doing well. But it may be that means that there are no IQ players involved.” Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

“I went and got battered every summer trying to play various Gaelic sports that I didn’t understand. It stands you in good stead for when you play rug(...)

Jack Kelly is set to return to the Ireland U20 side fore Saturday’s game away to Wales. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jack Kelly is set to return to the Ireland team for Saturday’s Under-20 international against Wales in Colwyn Bay (6.0, live on RTÉ 2) having missed t(...)

Tommy O’Brien celebrates scoring a try for Ireland under-20s against their Italian counterparts at Stadio Enrico Chersoni in Prato on February 10th. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho.

SIX NATIONS UNDER-20S CHAMPIONSHIP Ireland v France Donnybrook, Friday, 8.0pm, live on RTÉ 2 Injuries to Johnny McPhillips, Gavin Mullin and Cilli(...)

Ireland  coach Nigel Carolan talks to his players after their win over Italy. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland Under-20 coach Nigel Carolan has made several changes to the side that beat Italy for Friday night’s Six Nations meeting with France at Donnyb(...)

Johnny McPhillips kicks a penalty for Ireland during the narrow victory over Italy.

Italy Under-20 26 Ireland Under-20 27 Ireland could have lost but escaped with a victory for the second week in a row. The overwhelming feeling will (...)

Scotland’s Darcy Graham claims the ball ahead of Ireland’s Colum Hogan during the Under-20 Six Nations match at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Scotland 19 Ireland 20 Ireland dished out a double of heartbreak to Scotland when the Under-20 side came with a match-winning try seven minutes fro(...)

Ireland Under-20 captain Jack Kelly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jack Kelly smiles in describing himself as a “human tackle bag” during his time with the Ireland senior squad, not once but twice, last November. On (...)

Ulster coach Neil Doak. Photograph:  Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster are about to find out, way sooner than expected, what life without Ruan Pienaar will feel like. “I don’t envisage him being out six months or (...)

Shane Daly scores Ireland’s second try during the World Rugby Under-20 Championship Final against England at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, Manchester. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

England Under-20 45 Ireland Under-20 21 To England the spoils and no one would quibble with the merit of their success. The rugby they produced to wi(...)

Hooker Adam McBurney has been one of Ireland’s standout players during the  World Rugby U20 Championship. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

World Rugby U20 Championship Final: England v Ireland, AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester, Saturday, 7.0 (Live on TG4, Sky Sports 3) England have conteste(...)

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