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.More
Ireland Wolfhounds 9 England Saxons 18
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.More
Leinster’s RDS Arena has secured the green light for a €20m redevelopment.More
Keith Earls has more reason than most to feel that opportunity will knock for him in an Irish Wolfhounds jersey tonight, writes Simon Lewis.More
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.
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.More
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.More
Wasps flanker Ashley Johnson has been banned for three weeks for his challenge on Dave Kearney that brought a yellow card against Leinster.
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.More
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.More
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.More
Australian centre Rob Horne has rejected a lucrative contract offer from Munster and will remain with the New South Wales Waraths.More
Amid the hype and bluster surrounding the Six Nations launch, the French provided a moment of context and a sharp dose of reality.More
Leinster Senior Cup: Belvedere College 32 Gonzaga College 5More
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.More