Munster have been boosted by the return from injury of Ireland international Keith Earls, with the centre or winger back from a knee issue.
On paper it should be a question of "by how much" and not "if" when Ireland host a Sergio Parisse-less Italy in Dublin on Saturday.
Ireland have made one change to their starting line-up that will face Italy in Dublin on Saturday, with Iain Henderson replacing Peter...
Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor believes Ian Madigan could easily step in for Jonathan Sexton if required against Italy on Saturday....
Munster wing Simon Zebo has been included in Ireland's 33-man squad for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Italy in Dublin.
The medical teams of the Irish national side and Racing Métro hold conflicting opinions on Johnny Sexton's chances of facing Italy.
Ireland fly-half Jonny Sexton faces at least ten days on the sidelines according to his Racing Métro head coach, Laurent Labit.
Now that the dust has settled across Europe, it's time to pick out the players who stood out from the crowd in Round 3 of the Six Nations....
Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony is an injury doubt for the Six Nations leaders' next match against Italy in two weeks time.
A cagey, physical confrontation between two title contenders ended with a 13-10 victory for England in an entertaining Test.
England forwards coach Graham Rowntree has warned his side they must nullify an "icon" in Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll on Saturday.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has hailed Brian O'Driscoll as a "phenomenal professional" ahead of the Irishman's 130th cap.
We are a third of the way through the tournament and teams are already showing what their prospects might be like for this year.
Now that the dust has settled across Europe, it's time to pick out the players who stood out from the crowd in Round 2 of the Six Nations....
Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was full of praise for his Munster team-mate Peter O'Mahony after his superb performance.
Ruthless, clinical and unrelenting, Ireland confirmed their status as title contenders with a convincing 26-3 win over Wales.
Wales prop Adam Jones has nothing but praise for his opposite man at the scrum, Cian Healy, before Saturday's game against Ireland.