We’ll Leave It There So: Schmidt unveils squad, Kerry legend retires and today’s sport

Cronan Mac an Bhaird of Colaiste Na Coiribe in action against St Vincent’s Castleknock’s Roland-Onuoha and Ulo Eruma Gborie in today’s U16C Boys Subway All Ireland Schools Cup final. Source: Gary Carr/INPHO HomeIreland head coach Joe Schmidt has named three uncapped players — Andrew Conway, Niall Scannell and Rory Scannell — in his 40-man squadRead moreRead more

Munster’s Scannell set for first Ireland cap off bench against Scotland

NIALL SCANNELL IS set to feature in the Ireland matchday squad for the first time in Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Scotland. The Munster hooker has been in consistently excellent form this season and may make his international debut at Murrayfield, with regular back-up hooker Sean Cronin missing through injury. Ireland are set to nameRead moreRead more

Wales late show stuns valiant Italy in Rome

LEIGH HALFPENNY KICKED 18 points while Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and George North touched down in a far improved second half as Wales got their Six Nations campaign underway with a 33-7 win over Italy in Rome. Wales travelled to the Stadio Olimpico expected to coast against an Azzurri side they had beaten 22 timesRead moreRead more

Donncha O’Callaghan’s Worcester shock Saracens

MUNSTER AND IRELAND legend Donncha O’Callaghan played 73 minutes as Worcester Warriors gave their survival hopes a major shot in the arm with a shock victory over reigning Premiership champions Saracens. Although Sarries were missing a host of key players due to Six Nations commitments, they would still have been expected to triumph at Sixways.Read moreRead more

Lightning strikes twice for Scotland as they lose Josh Strauss through injury

JOSH STRAUSS WILL play no part in the rest of the Six Nations after the Scotland number eight was ruled out for six weeks with a kidney injury. Scotland this week lost captain Greig Laidlaw for the remainder of the tournament due to ankle ligament damage and it was confirmed on Friday that Vern Cotter willRead moreRead more

Bundee Aki returns while Healy sits out Connacht’s clash with Treviso

PAT LAM HAS made six changes to the Connacht side that will take on Benetton Treviso this Sunday in the Guinness Pro12 [KO 1.30PM]. Bundee Aki returns to the starting line-up to partner Craig Ronaldson in midfield. The centre has been out of action since December due to an ankle problem, and returned to training earlier this week.Read moreRead more

Miss any of the weekend’s Pro12 action? We’ve got all the highlights right here

WITH ALL THE drama of the Six Nations over the weekend, there’s a good chance the Guinness Pro12 may have slipped your mind — but fear not, now is your chance to catch-up on all the action. There were good away wins for Leinster, Connacht and Ulster but Munster slipped to an unexpected home defeatRead moreRead more

Finishing up gym sessions at 7.45am part and parcel of Heaslip’s ‘lucky’ 100-cap haul

JAMIE HEASLIP LOOKED slightly surprised when he was asked about the prospect of winning his 100th Test cap this weekend. Click Here: cheap nsw blues jersey Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO The number eight has 94 international caps for Ireland since making his debut in 2006, but across two tours with the Lions he has five moreRead moreRead more

Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge for next season in dramatic move in French rugby

Brice Dulin and Pascal Pape set to become team-mates. Source: INPHO FRENCH RUGBY CLUBS Racing 92 and Stade Français have announced that they are to merge ahead of next season, in a dramatic move that has taken the rugby world by surprise. Both clubs released statements on their websites this morning outlining that they willRead moreRead more

Give us your questions for our live review of Ireland’s win over England

SO, JUST LIKE Chicago, Ireland end an 18-game unbeaten run. England were denied a Grand Slam in Dublin as Joe Schmidt’s side bounced back from Cardiff to put in an impressive performance and end the campaign in second place behind Eddie Jones’ side. We’ll be reviewing that tournament finale — as well as the entireRead moreRead more