Hugo Keenan

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Jack Conan is set to return for Leinster in Saturday’s game against the Scarlets at the RDS. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Not before time, certainly so as far as Andy Farrell is concerned, this weekend’s fourth round of matches are set to mark the return of a clutch of Ir(...)

Johnny Sexton with Harry Byrne, whose injury profile means he remains on the outside looking in when it comes to the outhalf spot. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton remains both the problem and the solution per se. If that sounds like fortune cookie wisdom it’s not meant to be, instead a statement th(...)

Josh van der Flier: was in impressive form during last week’s victory over the Bulls at the Aviva Stadium. He makes his 100th start for the province against the Dragons. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dragons v Leinster, Rodney Parade, Newport. Kick-off: Sunday, 2pm. On TV: Live on RTÉ 2, Premier Sports 1 and URC TV. The four-in-a-row reigning cha(...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier on his way to scoring the first try of the game against the Bulls in the United Rugby Championship match at the  Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 31 Bulls 3 It was almost like they’d never been away. Despite the rustiness that comes with a lengthy lay-off, with several of this line-up (...)

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 & (...)

 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(...)

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 (...)

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