Connacht's Dan McFarland is back at the Sportsground in Galway for his ninth pre-season as coach at the western province. The former prop has recently returned from his stint as head coach of Emerging Ireland whom he guided to the IRB Nations Cup title in Romania.
All three of Emerging Ireland's IRB Nations Cup matches are now available to watch in full on YouTube, courtesy of the Romanian Rugby Federation and TVR 2. Dan McFarland's side beat Russia, Uruguay and defending champions Romania - three teams ranked in the world's top 20.
Emerging Ireland coaches Dan McFarland and Neil Doak have named a strong selection for their final game of the IRB Nations Cup against hosts Romania in Bucharest on Sunday (kick-off 7pm local time/5pm Irish time).
Emerging Ireland took a step closer to lifting the IRB Nations Cup with a seven-try victory over Uruguay in the second round of the competition. Check out some photos from Wednesday's game in Bucharest.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has joined a host of political, sporting and broadcasting legends to send a message of support to the Ireland Women's squad ahead of the forthcoming Women's Rugby World Cup, which begins in Paris next Friday.
Speaking after the IRFU's Annual Council meeting, Chief Executive Philip Browne highlighted the importance of ticket revenue to the Union and also their sustained investments in the professional and domestic games.
Listen to post-match reaction from captains Anton Lienert-Brown and Peadar Timmins following the Ireland Under-20s' 45-23 loss to New Zealand in the IRB Junior World Championship 3rd/4th place play-off at Eden Park.
Earlier this week the Ireland squad and management were guests at a reception in Buenos Aires hosted by James McIntyre, the Irish Ambassador to Argentina. We spoke to team manager Michael Kearney and IRFU President Pat Fitzgerald on the night.
Looking forward to the second Test against Argentina, Iain Henderson said: "We need to get our breakdown right and make sure we get a good return from our set piece. If we do that, the backs will look after the rest for us."
Ireland Under-20 head coach Mike Ruddock was 'really pleased' with the performance of his players as they claimed a 38-0 bonus point win over Fiji to advance to the IRB Junior World Championship semi-finals as Pool B winners.