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.

  • 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.