Ireland Rugby

  • Connact are in PRO 14 action today away to the Scarlets at 5.15pm and Leinster face Benetton in Italy at the same time.

    Before that at 3pm Munster host the Dragons.

    Ireland have slumped to a 19-12 defeat against Japan at the Rugby World Cup.

    A try from Kenki Fukuoka in the 59th minute turned the game in favour of the hosts.

    Ireland had led up to that point after first half tries from Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney.

    Joe Schmidt's side failed to score in the second half and had to settle for a losing bonus point.

  • Ireland head-coach Andy Farrell has kept faith in the 15 players who started against Wales for Sunday's Guinness Six Nations match at England.

    Peter O'Mahony keeps his place in the back-row with the fit-again Caelan Doris having to settle for a place on the bench.

    Doris' inclusion sees Max Deegan drop out out of the matchday 23.

    O'Mahony joins Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander in the back-row, Iain Henderson and James Ryan are the locks with a front-row of Cian Healy, Rob Herring and Tadhg Furlong.

    Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton's partnership continues in the half-backs with former Connacht teammates Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw paired in midfield.

    Try-scorers against Wales, Andrew Conway and Jordan Larmour, are joined in the back-three by Jacob Stockdale.

    Victory for Ireland would see them seal a 12th Triple Crown.

  • Uncapped Connacht scrum half Caolin Blade could be included in Ireland squad for the upcoming Six Nations Championship.

    Head coach Joe Schmidt is due to announce his 38 man panel today.

    With Luke McGrath and Kieran Marmion injured, Blade is seen a likely inclusion as back up to Conor Murray.

    The 24 year old has played in all of Connacht's 18 games so far this season.