Brian O’Driscoll returns to  the Leinster starting XV to face Treviso at the RDS. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/ Inpho

Leinster have made two changes to the side that lost to Ospreys last week ahead of Friday afternoon’s RaboDirect Pro12 meeting with Treviso at (...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo makes the hard yards in Saturday night’s victory over Treiso in the Pro12 game at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 14 (Tries: Earls, Downey. Cons: Hanrahan2), Tr(...)

Leonardo Ghiraldini: one of several Italian internationals set to leave Treviso at the end of the season. Photograph: Inpho.

Despite their own threats to the contrary and the proposal to form a new regional franchise in their stead, none too surprisingly it transpires(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a confidence vote at the senate in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

On the morning after winning his first vote of confidence in the Italian senate, newly appointed Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi began the (...)

 Munster’s Simon Zebo was on the scoresheet against Ospreys. Photograph: Huw Evans/Inpho
Munster back on top with Ospreys win
  • Pro12
  • February 23, 2014, 18:30

Ospreys 11 Munster 25 Munster returned to the top of the RaboDirect(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy at Ravenhill this week. “I’m fully fit now and I’m good to go again.” Photograph: Inpho

“He’s a fair coach. That’s all you can ask,” said Craig Gilroy this week. The Irish and Ulster winger was referring to (...)

This is the most significant and pivotal few months in the professional era, for the long-term future of the European game.

There is so much political jostling in the current climate of uncertainty within European rugby, with both a pan-European Cup and now the Pro12 being (...)

Treviso (above) followed up the Italian Federations’ threat to pull out of the Rabo Pro12 by declaring their intention to do so at the end of the current season.

A meeting tomorrow in Paris between the various stakeholders in European club rugby, ie the representatives of the Six Nations along with the English (...)

 Dan Tuohy leaves the field after breaking his forearm after coming on for Paul O’Connell on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is expected to excuse a number of players from a mini-camp in Clonmel tomorrow and Thursday in favour of playing for their (...)

Leicester  outhalf  Toby Flood will call the shots for the Tigers at Welford Road this evening. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Few things can be associated with glamour in the East Midlands. But rugby matches like these are one. The bulldogs, Leicester, as proudly English as, (...)