Sean O'Brien: Lasted 51 minutes last night before being called ashore at Musgrave Park.

Sean O’Brien hopes to have impressed Joe Schmidt

Sean O’Brien is hoping 50 minutes of international rugby will be enough to convince national coach Joe Schmidt that he has a part to play in the opening game of the Six Nations clash with Italy next week.


Irish Wolfhounds lack bite as England Saxons rule

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Ireland Wolfhounds 9 England Saxons 18

IN FOCUS:  Ireland supporters Sarah, left, and Katy McAree, from Navan, Co. Meath, take a selfie with Ireland's Paul O'Connell during squad training at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Picture: Sportsfile

Denis Hurley staying at Munster

Back rowers Paddy Butler and Sean Dougall are leaving Munster at the end of the season, but versatile back Denis Hurley has signed on for another season.

An artist impression of the rear view of the redeveloped RDS Arena during a rugby game. The home of one of Europe's top rugby clubs has secured the green light for a €20 million redevelopment.

Leinster’s RDS Arena gets €20m makeover

Leinster’s RDS Arena has secured the green light for a €20m redevelopment.

  FIT-AGAIN: Keith Earls is eager to put almost two years of injury problems behind him, the most recent of which required knee surgery.

Keith Earls eager to grab opportunity to stake Ireland claim

Keith Earls has more reason than most to feel that opportunity will knock for him in an Irish Wolfhounds jersey tonight, writes Simon Lewis.

Sam Burgess

Huge step forward for ‘Slammin’ Sam Burgess

The journey is supposed to end at Twickenham in the World Cup Final on October 31, but it begins in earnest at Musgrave Park.

Tonight, we will finally – and even after just two months in rugby union it already seems like a long time coming – see ‘Slammin’ Sam Burgess in an England shirt.


Waiting game finally over for Sean O’Brien

Forget the two operations on the same shoulder. Forget the infection. The months out of the game and in rehab. The elongating list of injuries on his CV and the questions over whether he is long for life as a professional rugby player.

Ireland Wolfhounds coach Dan McFarland during squad training at Carton House.

Plenty to play for in Six Nations audition

Gone are the days when these A internationals were mere consolation prizes for those who missed out on Test caps. Tonight’s clash of Irish Wolfhounds and English Saxons at Musgrave Park represents a full-blown RBS 6 Nations audition, writes Simon Lewis.

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson gets a three-week ban for Dave Kearney tackle

Wasps flanker Ashley Johnson has been banned for three weeks for his challenge on Dave Kearney that brought a yellow card against Leinster.


Sean O’Brien: Irish provinces can match the best

Ireland’s provinces remain every bit as capable of seeing off the biggest and best English and French clubs the European game has to offer, according to Sean O’Brien who is desperate for another crack at reigning champions Toulon.


Seize the day, Schmidt urges duo

Joe Schmidt has challenged Ian Keatley and Ian Madigan to help him not have to pick first-choice fly-half Johnny Sexton once he is cleared to return from a 12-week concussion lay-off.


Deadline day: England lock faces Ireland examination if he submits essay on time

Maro Itoje will sit his biggest rugby exam yet with England Saxons on Friday night, but only if he meets his university coursework deadline first.


Blow for Munster as Horne rejects lucrative offer

Australian centre Rob Horne has rejected a lucrative contract offer from Munster and will remain with the New South Wales Waraths.


French hope Six Nations can bring unity in troubled times

Amid the hype and bluster surrounding the Six Nations launch, the French provided a moment of context and a sharp dose of reality.


Crescent off to storming start in Senior Cup

Munster Senior Cup: Crescent 10 CBC 0


O’Sullivan’s brace inspires Belvo past Gonzaga

Leinster Senior Cup: Belvedere College 32 Gonzaga College 5


System ‘tougher for French, English’

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre believes he and English counterpart Stuart Lancaster have a much tougher job than their rival RBS 6 Nations bosses and cited Ireland’s centrally contracted players as his primary evidence.


Rockwell withstand brave PBC fightback

Munster Senior Cup: Rockwell 16 PBC Cork 14


Ardscoil’s early blitz proves decisive

Munster Senior Cup: Ardscoil Rís 21 St Munchin’s College 13