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.

  • Head coach Andy Farrell says Ross Byrne deserves his start at out-half against England.

    He replaces the injured Jonathan Sexton for the Autumn Nations Cup game at Twickenham on Saturday.

    Connacht's Bundee Aki comes in for Robbie Henshaw in the centre, while Keith Earls replaces Andrew Conway on the wing.

    CJ Stander replaces Josh van der Flier in the only change to the pack.

    Jacob Stockdale and Iain Henderson are both among the replacements.

  • Ireland head-coach Andy Farrell has named his team to face Wales in their Guinness Six Nations opener on Sunday.

    Munster's Tadhg Beirne has been selected in the second-row with Josh van der Flier selected at openside flanker.

    James Lowe has got the nod to start on the wing over Jordan Larmour while captain Johnny Sexton is fit to start at out-half.

    Cian Healy, Rob Herring and Andrew Porter will make up the front-row with Beirne joining James Ryan in the second-row.

    CJ Stander is at number-eight with Peter O'Mahony and van der Flier the flankers.

    Sexton is paired in the half-backs with Conor Murray while Garry Ringrose and Robbie Henshaw are in midfield.

    Hugo Keenan is at full-back with Keith Earls and Lowe on the wings.

    Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Will Connors, Jamison Gibson-Park, Billy Burns, Jordan Larmour.

  • 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.

  • Will Connors and Hugo Keenan will make their Ireland debuts in Ireland's Guinness Six Nations clash against Italy on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.

    The Leinster pair have impressed coach Andy Farrell with Connors starting in the back row at number 6, while Keenan is on the left wing.

    Lacken native Caelan Doris has also been included to start on Saturday.

    Ireland: Jacob Stockdale, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Hugo Keenan, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rob Herring, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Caelan Doris, Will Connors, CJ Stander.

  • 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.