Ulster and Ireland prop Declan Fitzpatrick is to retire from rugby on medical grounds. The 31-year-old played 98 times for Ulster and made seven Test appearances for Ireland, three of which were against the All Blacks. He also represented the Ireland Wolfhounds on nine occasions.
Ireland will face an interesting kind of pressure when they take on the Barbarians next month says Donncha O'Callaghan. The Munster and Ireland lock played against the famous invitational side when Ireland were beaten 29-23 at Thomond Park five years ago - then helped the Barbarians beat a young England team 39-29 last summer.
The World famous Barbarians are celebrating their 125th Anniversary this week. As a special birthday treat to rugby supporters in Ireland, the Club are offering a unique 48 hour 2 for 1 adult ticket offer for the upcoming Ireland v Barbarians match at Thomond Park - 28th May, 19.45 K.O.
World Rugby has announced the 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015 as well as the seven assistant referees and four television match officials who will also officiate in matches at the game's showcase tournament, which starts on September 18.
The Ireland Under-18 Schools team won today's 7th-8th place play-off at the Rugby European U-18 European Championship in Tournefeuille, France, overcoming Scotland 21-12 thanks to tries from St. Michael's centre Jack Kelly and Glenstal Abbey's Colm Hogan.
Colm Hogan and Tim Carroll have been added to the back-line for the Ireland Under-18 Schools team's final match of the Rugby Europe U-18 European Championship - the 7th-8th place play-off against Scotland Under-18s on Easter Saturday.
Head coach Wayne Mitchell has made nine personnel changes to the Ireland Under-18 Clubs team for Saturday's final International Triangular Festival match against England U-18 Counties at Hartpury College (kick-off 11am).
There were encouraging signs for the Ireland Under-19s on Wednesday as David O'Mahony scored all of their points, including a decisive 65th minute try, in a hard-earned 13-10 victory in the first of a two-match series against France.
The Ireland Under-19s, coached by Peter Malone and Kieran Campbell, completed a terrific comeback win over their French counterparts, scoring 10 unanswered points in the second half. Check out some highlights of Wednesday's game at Marcoussis, courtesy of the Fédération Française de Rugby.