The Ireland coaching staff has named a 38 player squad for the first two rounds of the RBS 6 Nations Championship. The squad had been reduced through injury as well as a number of Wolfhounds returning to their provinces.
Division 1A leaders Lansdowne improved their league tally to 50 points with a bonus point win over Ballynahinch, while Old Wesley made it ten games unbeaten in Division 2A and Dundalk won the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup for the first time with a stunning 55-5 final victory over Bangor.
Hooker Richardt Strauss believes the competition for places in the squad is driving the players on as the Ireland Wolfhounds face England Saxons in Cork tonight, just a week before the start of the 2015 RBS 6 Nations.
There is a unique feel to this year's Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup final. Not only are Bangor and Dundalk first-time finalists, this will also be the first time that the decider has been held at an Ulster venue.
A consortium of architect firms, Dublin-based Newenham Mulligan Architects and London-based Grimshaw Architects, has won the international design competition for the multimillion-euro redevelopment of the RDS Arena.
The Ireland Wolfhounds, sponsored by Three and coached by Dan McFarland and Richie Murphy, host England Saxons at the redeveloped Irish Independent Park, with this annual encounter offering players on both sides a chance to push for Six Nations selection.
Irish Rugby TV went behind the scenes at the launch of the RBS 6 Nations in the Hurlingham Club in London. It was a case of 'lights, camera, action' as Joe Schmidt and Paul O'Connell spoke to the assembled media to preview rugby's greatest Championship.
Ulster youngster Iain Henderson talks about his return from injury after seven months on the sidelines. He will play for Ireland Wolfhounds on Friday, as competition increases for Six Nations selection.
The 2015 RBS 6 Nations Men's and Women's tournaments were launched in London earlier today, with the Irish contingent of Joe Schmidt, Paul O'Connell, Niamh Briggs and Tom Tierney in attendance. Check out some photos from the event.