Conor Murray

Conor Murray: We express ourselves in games, we’re not robots

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. 

Pascal Pape

Pascal Pape loses appeal into ban for Jamie Heaslip foul

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. 

Conor Fitzgerald of Ardscoil Rís kicks the match-winning penalty against Presentation Brothers College in the Seat Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-final at Musgrave Park, Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane

Ardscoil’s Fitzgerald breaks PBC hearts

Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-final
Presentation College Cork 11 Ardscoil Rís 13

Donnacha Ryan

Anthony Foley hopeful Donnacha Ryan ready for Munster return against Ospreys

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. 

LATE, LATE TRY: Referee Sean Gallagher signals a try in the last minute of the game by prop Dylan Murphy for Cistercian College, Roscrea, in the Leinster Senior Schools Cup quarter-final clash with Blackrock College at Donnybrook Stadium.

Roscrea out to buck tradition again

Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final
Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College
Today: Donnybrook, 4pm


Joe Schmidt reaps benefit of united Ireland

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.


Keith Earls happy to put Munster duty first

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.


Ireland bids for Women's Rugby World Cup 

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.


Sam Warburton set to face Ireland

Wales captain Sam Warburton is expected to be fit for the vital RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland on March 14.


Ireland’s tactical masterclass makes up for lack of power

Sunday was an incredible day for Irish rugby and another tactical masterclass by Joe Schmidt’s charges, writes Bernard Jackman.


Damien Varley reveals tears at Munster exit

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.


James Haskell: ‘Ireland imposed themselves’

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.


Rhys Ruddock keeps focus amid talk of Irish call

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.


Presentation Brothers will be banking on powerful back division in Cork

It is not often that Presentation Brothers College, Cork go five years without a title in the SEAT Munster Schools’ Senior Cup. 


Joe Schmidt just lives in the moment after Ireland defeat England

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.


PETER JACKSON on Monday: Wales now rubbing their hands

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.


Connacht keep Champions Cup charge on track

Connacht 53 Benetton Treviso 5
Connacht maintained their Champions Cup push with a convincing bonus-point victory at the Galway Sportsground last evening.


Keith Earls inspires Munster against Glasgow Warriors

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 takes over the stage

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.

Chris Robshaw

Ireland V England: The moments that mattered

The three factors that swung the game Ireland’s way against England at the Aviva Stadium.


Scotland’s Alasdair Dickinson criticises Irish referee George Clancy

Scotland 10 Italy 22
Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson has criticised George Clancy following the Irish referee’s controversial Murrayfield performance.


Warning signs for Ireland as Wales beat France

France 13 Wales 20
Joe Schmidt will be scratching his head at the prospect of facing Wales who are fast becoming the ‘new France’ of the Six Nations: You just never know which side is going to turn up.