France’s Daniel Brennan could still play for Ireland. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

French prop Daniel Brennan’s pitch side interview at Stade Aime Giral on Tuesday, after New Zealand were dethroned in the Junior World Cup semi-final,(...)

 Diarmuid Barron, Caelan Doris and Matthew Agnew at the announcement of the  squad for the U-20 World Cup in France at Spencer Dock in Dublin yesterday. Inpho: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A new captain, five uncapped players, a coaching team trimmed by one and injuries to a couple of key players represent an overview of the challenges f(...)

Joe Schmidt: “The door is never closed on a player playing externally. But it becomes a very difficult calculation.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

For those who missed the memo, the IRFU policy of not selecting players that venture overseas has hardened. “That’s probably a fair summation,” said (...)

Rio Olympics veteran Ronan Gormley is one of the experienced hands in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Irish coach Craig Fulton has announced an 18-man squad for this week’s World League 2 tournament in Belfast with five Lisnagarvey and four Banbridge p(...)

James Lowe of the Maori All Blacks runs in for a try in their victory over the USA Eagles. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Munster v Maori All Blacks, Thomond Park, Friday, 7.30pm (Live Eir Sport) Munster already find themselves in the midst of an unbelievably draining (...)

Connacht prop Finlay Bealham (left) has been added to the Ireland bench for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Italy   after Cian Healy was ruled out through injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cian Healy’s “mild hamstring strain” is the same muscle that the injury-prone 28-year-old tore off the bone just over a year ago. It means uncapped Au(...)

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