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Ireland v Wales Preview, Team News, kick-off 3pm Sunday

Mind-games continue as Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland preview the Ireland v Wales 6 Nations opener after Rugby World Cup misery (Kick-off Sunday 3pm).

Connacht CEO Tom Sears hits back at Schmidt

Connacht CEO Tom Sears released a sternly-worded statement in response to Leinster Head Coach Joe Schmidt’s comments at yesterday’s press conference.

Joe Schmidt: Mike McCarthy isn’t the only player interested in coming...

Leinster manager Joe Schmidt hit back at claims from Connacht CEO Tom Sears that the Heineken Cup champions had effectively poached Mike McCarthy

Connacht name team to play Biarritz (Kick off 8pm Friday)

Connacht Rugby travel to the South of France today and prepare to take on Basque outfit Biarritz in round four of the Heineken Cup.

Connacht CEO: Mike McCarthy’s Leinster switch is ‘not in the best...

Connacht CEO Tom Sears says that Leinster's 'persistent targeting' of players such as Mike McCarthy is 'disappointing' and 'not in he best interests of Irish rugby'.

Connacht Rugby player Mike McCarthy set to join Leinster Rugby

Mike McCarthy has announced his intention to leave Connacht Rugby at the end of the current season. Mike's current contract expires in June next year

Connacht ask IRFU for help as Leinster move for Mike McCarthy

Connacht have a fight on their hands if they want to hold on to Mike McCarthy as Leinster look to poach the 31 year old

Autumn Internationals/Pro12 Preview fixtures and betting advice

JL Pagano is back this week with his insight into the the best bets for this weekends Autumn Internationals/Pro12 fixtures.

Gavin Duffy returns to Connacht Rugby starting team

Connacht team to face Newport Gwent Dragons in Friday evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash at Rodney Parade (KO: 7pm) has been named.

What we learned from the weekend’s rugby: Heaslip not ready to...

Wales struggle without Gatland, Heaslip not ready to lead, McCarthy, Strauss and Bent improve Ireland, England and France will challenge for 6 Nations