We expected to see plenty of these around in the autumn.
"I tried to just lay on the ground and put my arms up as if no one had seen me, but there was about 65,000 who did."
The Guinness Pro12 fixtures for next season have been unveiled today.
"Every club in the world would love to have an iconic figure such as Paul O'Connell involved in their set-up.”
Brian O’Driscoll doesn’t need to worry about indulging too much after retiring, as it’s been revealed he’s making some serious cash.
Utility back Niall Morris has re-joined Leinster on a short term contract from the Leicester Tigers.
Munster have been handed a stinker of a pool draw for next season's European Champions Cup.
It has been confirmed that Luke Fitzgerald has announced his retirement from professional rugby.
The Ireland Under-20s were comprehensively beaten by England in tonight's World Rugby U-20 Championship final, going down 45-21 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
South Africa clinched a Test series victory over Ireland in dramatic fashion in Port Elizabeth as they produced a brilliant defensive effort to deny Ireland at the death and hold on for a 19-13 win.
Here's our bird's eye view of the match, which ended 19-13 in South Africa's favour
Greig Laidlaw came off the bench to kick four late penalties as Scotland secured an undeserved 21-16 win over a gutsy Japan side in the second Test in Tokyo.
England concluded a glorious season by completing a 3-0 series whitewash of Australia with a 44-40 victory over the Wallabies 44-40 at Allianz Stadium.
Wales slumped to their heaviest defeat to New Zealand in 13 years as Beauden Barrett inspired the All Blacks to a 46-6 victory in the third Test in Dunedin.
Nigel Carolan has named an unchanged 23 for tomorrow evening's final.
"They'll make sure that Ireland feel proud of them because that's the way they commit to going about their work."
The Wasps player, then with Sale Sharks, was breathalysed after the crash in Imperial Road, Fulham.
Joe Schmidt has reverted to his first Test-winning formula as Ireland seek to clinch an historic series win over South Africa this Saturday.
"I have been privileged to be part of so many successful teams over the course of my career."
“I think the best sides out there, the type of side that we want to become is a side that backs it up and we haven’t backed it up yet.”
“He is a young prop who can play on both sides of the scrum and I believe he has huge potential.”
Ireland trained at the Nelson Mandela Bay University on Tuesday morning and reported a clean bill of health for Saturday's game.
Nyakane joins Duane Vermeulen and Lood de Jager on the treatment table.
Ireland 37, Argentina 7. The Ireland Under-20s handed Argentina a 30-point thumping in Manchester to qualify for their first ever World Rugby Championship final at this age-grade.
England rugby star Danny Cipriani was "shocked" to discover he was over the drink-drive limit, despite having had two espresso martinis and a glass of champagne.
“Robbie Henshaw has returned home and will see a consultant about his knee in Dublin, just to assess the severity of his injury.”
Joe Schmidt said Ireland failed to cope with a second-half “onslaught” from South Africa in today's second Test as the Springboks powered from 26-10 down to win 32-26 and tie the series at Ellis Park.
South Africa produced a brilliant second-half performance to come from 16 points down and force their three-Test series to a decider in Port Elizabeth next week.
England's heroic defence propelled them to a maiden series success Down Under as Australia were crushed 23-7 at AAMI Stadium.
Matthew Cosgrove has become the latest Sligo player to be drafted into the Irish U-20 squad after his clubmate Cillian Gallagher had his participation in the World Rugby U-20 Championship ended through injury writes John Fallon.
"It's a huge challenge to those players who have come in to try to match what the players put into the game last week."
Ireland take a 1-0 lead into this potential series decider at the Springboks' spiritual home following an historic 26-20 victory in the opener at Newlands in Cape Town last Saturday.
Argentina caught the eye in winning Pool B, beating a number of high-profile opponents.
The Ireland Under-20s got the better of 14-man Georgia to qualify for the World Rugby U-20 Championship semi-finals as unbeaten Pool A winners.
Ryan, the outstanding performer for this side all season, suffered a hip injury in the 33-24 win over New Zealand on Saturday.
“In terms of the way we played we probably brought an added physicality and that’s got to be the focus again this week in order to be able to stick with a team like South Africa."
Despite disappointment at CJ Stander's guilty verdict and one-match suspension, Ireland seem unlikely to appeal the ban that will keep him out of this Saturday's second Test against South Africa.
Schmidt had called the sending off by French referee Mathieu Raynal “very very harsh”.
His ban was reduced on account of his prior record.