The GUINNESS PRO12 launches back into action in style this weekend with three games on the opening Friday night. Last season's beaten semi-finalists, Ulster and the Ospreys, face each other in Belfast, while over in Galway, Connacht also welcome Welsh opposition, the Newport Gwent Dragons this time making the trip west.
Carton House was a hive of activity on Tuesday as the Ireland Rugby World Cup squad was officially announced and the selected players trained ahead of next Saturday's final warm-up game against England.
Joe Schmidt said telling players they have missed out on Rugby World Cup selection is the 'brutal reality' of what international coaches have to do. Read on for his thoughts on some of the 'big calls' regarding Ireland's 31-man squad for England 2015.
Who are the oldest and youngest members of the Ireland Rugby World Cup squad? Who is getting ready for his fourth World Cup and can you master our nicknames quiz? Read on for our stats piece on Joe Schmidt's 31-man panel.
Relive all the excitement, tension and tries from the recent Women's Sevens Dublin tournament at UCD where Japan and hosts Ireland qualified for this season's World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. The full match replays can be watched below via the IRFU's YouTube Channel.
There were home victories for Munster and Leinster in the penultimate round of the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship, as they set up a title decider at Thomond Park next Saturday. Check out the best pics from last weekend's games.
Leinster chalked up their second successive win under new head coach Leo Cullen when they hosted English Championship outfit Moseley at Donnybrook on Friday night. Check out our photos from the pre-season friendly.
Two-try hero Andrew Conway was in eye-catching form as Munster returned to winning ways against London Irish - just a week before they open the GUINNESS PRO12 at home to Benetton Treviso. Check out some photos from Friday's pre-season friendly at Irish Independent Park.