Coverage of the Six Nations clash between Italy and Ireland.
Next Game: Ireland vs. France - Saturday, February 25 at 4.50pm in Six Nations
Johnny Sexton returns for Ireland against FranceJohnny Sexton returns to the Ireland starting lineup after a calf injury in one of three changes to the side ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash with France.
Feb 23, 14:16
Ireland trio expected to be fit for France clashIreland trio Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney and Conor Murray are all set to return to full training this week ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash with France.
Feb 20, 15:41
Johnny Sexton ruled out of Six Nations openerIreland fly-half Johnny Sexton will miss his side's Six Nations opener with Scotland on Saturday having failed to recover from a calf injury.
Jan 31, 21:20
Ireland without hooker Sean Cronin for Six NationsLeinster confirm that Sean Cronin suffered a high-grade hamstring tear in the win over Zebre, essentially ruling him out of Ireland's upcoming Six Nations campaign.
Jan 16, 17:06
Joe Schmidt expecting New Zealand backlashIreland head coach Joe Schmidt warns his players to expect a backlash from New Zealand when they meet in Dublin, having beaten the world champions earlier this month.
Nov 13, 20:11
Jordi Murphy ruled out for up to nine monthsIreland and Leinster number eight Jordi Murphy is ruled out for up to nine months after damaging his ACL during the historic 40-29 win over New Zealand in Chicago.
Nov 7, 21:55
Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola named on player of the year shortlistEngland trio Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola are included on a six-strong shortlist for the World Rugby Player of the Year award.
Nov 7, 15:42
Result: Ireland earn historic win over New ZealandIreland record their first ever victory over New Zealand courtesy of a thrilling 40-29 victory over the world champions in Chicago.
Nov 5, 22:07
Joe Schmidt signs three-year contract extensionIreland head coach Joe Schmidt signs a three-year contract extension to keep him in charge of the team until after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Oct 24, 15:34
Ireland prop Nathan White forced to retire due to concussionIreland international prop Nathan White announces his retirement from the sport on medical grounds due to ongoing problems with concussion.
Sep 28, 17:19
Six Nations start date 'to remain unchanged in calendar shake-up'A report claims that a major shake-up of the current rugby calendar is close to being made, but the Six Nations will retain its traditional slot early in the year.
Sep 13, 22:59
Waikato Chiefs confirm interest in Ireland coach Joe SchmidtWaikato Chiefs CEO Andrew Flaxman confirms interest in appointing Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.
Jul 10, 20:10
Leinster Rugby's Luke Fitzgerald retires from professional rugbyLeinster Rugby announce that Luke Fitzgerald has retired from rugby on medical advice.
Jun 28, 09:11
Result: South Africa survive Ireland onslaught to win three-match seriesIreland miss the chance to register a historic series win in South Africa with a narrow defeat in Port Elizabeth.
Jun 25, 18:10
Jared Payne out of third Ireland Test against South AfricaTiernan O'Halloran replaces the injured Jared Payne at full-back for Ireland's series decider against South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Jun 23, 18:09
Rory Best: 'Mistakes cost Ireland victory over South Africa'Rory Best suggests that Irish mistakes cost them the chance to beat South Africa in the second Test.
Jun 18, 20:41
Result: South Africa come from behind to beat Ireland and level Test seriesSouth Africa score four second-half tries against a shellshocked Ireland to record a series-levelling 32-26 victory in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Jun 18, 18:11
Quinn Roux set for Ireland debut in second Test against South AfricaIreland head coach Joe Schmidt makes five changes for his side's second Test against South Africa, with Quinn Roux set for his debut against the country of his birth.
Jun 16, 16:48
Joe Schmidt defends CJ Stander red card against South AfricaJoe Schmidt defends CJ Stander over his red card during Ireland victory against South Africa in the first Test.
Jun 12, 16:49
Result: Ireland hold on with 14 men to seal historic first win in South AfricaIreland clinch a remarkable first ever Test win in South Africa by beating the Springboks 26-20, despite CJ Stander's 23rd-minute red card.
Jun 11, 20:21