Tracy, Treadwell handed first Ireland starts
Leinster hooker James Tracy and Ulster lock Kieran Treadwell have been handed their first Test starts for Ireland in Saturday's rematch with Japan in Tokyo.
The quiet man from Munster takes centre stage
Peter O'Mahony has been through an awful lot this season which is why captaining the British & Irish Lions in the first Test against the All Blacks will not faze or distract him in the slightest.
Hansen shows his hand with shock Ioane promotion
Warren Gatland may have taken out the award for multiple selection day shocks, but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen pulled his own swiftie with the shock promotion of Rieko Ioane.
Ireland cruise to victory over Japan
Ireland ran in seven tries as they beat Japan 50-22 at the ECOPA Stadium.
Schmidt changes six for Ireland vs. Japan
Simon Zebo and Paddy Jackson return to the starting fold for Ireland as coach Joe Schmidt rotates his side that thrashed USA for Saturday's Test against Japan.
Ireland's Carbery ruled out of Japan tour
Ireland have been dealt an injury blow ahead of their two-Test series against Japan with fly-half Joey Carbery returning home having suffered an ankle injury in their win over the USA.
Lions' Henderson faces mad dash home for wedding
Iain Henderson's six weeks in New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions must surely top the list of unorthodox stag dos.
Ireland hammer US Eagles in New Jersey
Ireland made a blistering start to their summer tour with an emphatic 55-19 victory over the United States at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
Lions aim to build world's best rugby pack
The British and Irish Lions have just over two weeks to meet a lofty target on their tour of New Zealand.
Schmidt names young Ireland team vs. USA
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has handed exciting young Ulster back Jacob Stockdale his first Test start against the United States at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
Powerful Crusaders to face Lions
A Crusaders starting team featuring eight All Blacks will set out to defend their perfect 2017 record when they host the British and Irish Lions.
Hansen's selection headache signals strength of All Blacks
Steve Hansen says the All Blacks squad he unveiled on Thursday was the hardest he has ever had to pick.
Ringrose: Lions talk least of my worries
Garry Ringrose is refusing to get distracted by a possible British & Irish Lions call-up as he concentrates on delivering for Ireland during their summer tour of the United States and Japan.
Easterby challenges Ireland youth to step up
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby has challenged his young players to show their potential ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Warburton: Two weeks to claim Test places
Kneejerk conclusions won't be drawn from the British & Irish Lions' struggles against the Provincial Barbarians, but the tourists need learn quickly and find try-scoring form if they are to knock over the All Blacks, according to captain Sam Warburton.
World Rugby U20: England off to a flier
England began their defence of the World Rugby U20 Championship by hammering Samoa 74-17 in Georgia.
Schmidt challenges Ireland's youngsters on tour
Ireland have named eight uncapped players in a 31-man squad for their summer tour of the United States and Japan.
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Rowntree expects Warburton to play in Lions opener
Graham Rowntree says he does not envisage any problem with British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton being available for the opening New Zealand tour game on June 3.
Gatland to keep Lions reserve list private
Warren Gatland is to draw up a standby list for his British & Irish Lions, but he will keep its contents private so as to avoid becoming a hostage to fortune.
Way-too-early predictions for RWC 2019
France to bow out in pool play? Ireland to finally feature in the last four? ESPN's global writers put their reputations on the line with these way too early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019.
What we'll all be talking about at RWC2019
As with any Rugby World Cup there's always massive issues and talking points that take the limelight -- but what will be on everyone's minds come 2019 in Japan?
Henshaw ready for rough justice on Lions tour
Ireland centres know a thing or two about rough justice and off-the-ball skulduggery in New Zealand, but Robbie Henshaw is primed to embrace any late hits coming his way.
British & Irish Lions Team of the Week
It is going to be a nervous few weeks for Warren Gatland as he hopes all British & Irish Lions squad members can make the plane to New Zealand and face the All Blacks.
Conor Murray good to play before Lions
Ireland and Munster scrum-half Conor Murray looks set to complete the challenge set for him by British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland and play before the Lions depart for New Zealand.
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