Conor Murray walked gratefully in to the warmth of one of the business suites attached to the Portmarnock Golf and Links Hotel yesterday after an hour spent filming for a sponsorship gig on the freezing and windswept expanse of beach just a Garryowen away.More
Pascal Pape’s RBS 6 Nations career has ended in acrimony after the France lock lost his appeal against a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip in the back.More
Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-final
Presentation College Cork 11 Ardscoil Rís 13
Munster’s Donnacha Ryan is set to make his first appearance of the season against Ospreys in Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 game at the Liberty Stadium.More
Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final
Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College
Today: Donnybrook, 4pm
There is much to savour and appreciate regarding Ireland’s Six Nations win over England on Sunday, and much of it comes down to the numbers.More
Keith Earls may be back to his brilliant best in a red jersey, but the Munster flyer admits breaking into a winning Ireland team is out of his hands.More
A Women’s World Cup on Irish soil in 2017 has every chance of success and boosting the bid for the men’s 2023 event, IRFU chief executive Philip Browne has said, after submitting a bid to host the tournament in two years.More
Wales captain Sam Warburton is expected to be fit for the vital RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland on March 14.More
Sunday was an incredible day for Irish rugby and another tactical masterclass by Joe Schmidt’s charges, writes Bernard Jackman.More
Former Munster hooker Damien Varley revealed he broke down in tears in a taxi after learning he would have to retire from rugby because of a debilitating foot injury.More
James Haskell insists Ireland "got away with a lot" in England’s 19-9 Six Nations defeat at the Aviva Stadium but can only admire the champions’ canny approach.More
Rhys Ruddock, pictured, has played down his chances of featuring for Ireland in the last two Six Nations rounds, despite his return from injury with Leinster last Friday night.More
It is not often that Presentation Brothers College, Cork go five years without a title in the SEAT Munster Schools’ Senior Cup.More
Ireland 19 England 9
It says much about the satisfaction which can be derived by the thoroughly good execution of a game plan that even the workaholic Joe Schmidt felt justified in taking today off following the biggest victory of his Ireland tenure.
So many rudderless English chariots have drifted away on the Liffey over the years they must now pose a danger to shipping in the Irish Sea.More
Connacht 53 Benetton Treviso 5
Connacht maintained their Champions Cup push with a convincing bonus-point victory at the Galway Sportsground last evening.
Munster 22 Glasgow Warriors 10
The wizardry and elusiveness of outside centre Keith Earls inspired Munster to jump to the top of the Guinness Pro12 league table at the official opening of the revamped Musgrave Park on Saturday night.
Robbie Henshaw saw that it was on. When Craig Joubert raised his arm to signify a potential penalty for Ireland just outside England’s 22, Henshaw’s mind backtracked to the countless hours spent in Carton House preparing for just such a situation with his scrum-half.More
The three factors that swung the game Ireland’s way against England at the Aviva Stadium.More
Scotland 10 Italy 22
Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson has criticised George Clancy following the Irish referee’s controversial Murrayfield performance.