Bath’s director of rugby Mike ford talks to his son George, the outhalf of that club and England. George will have a pivotal position as kicker when England come to Dublin for the Six Nations game on Sunday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty.

Ellery Hanley and his entourage swept out the door. Mike Ford watched the departure of the man voted the greatest British rugby league player of all t(...)

Ulster outhalf Ian Humphreys says province are determined to win the block of four matches during the Six Nations. Photograph: Darren Griffiths/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster initially suffered the January blues. They lost a Guinness Pro12 match to Leinster and then, despite a defiant and gutsy four-try salvo against(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki in action against Munster. Pat Lam will be looking for another big performance from the Kiwi against Edinburgh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A Connacht-Edinburgh game has never carried so much importance. While a second win in 42 attempts over Munster will take some beating, this fixture c(...)

Leinster’s Tom Denton offloads to Ben Marshall to score  a try during the  Guinness Pro12 game against Edinburgh at the  RDS. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 33 Edinburgh 8 It’s the injuries that resonate. Again. Ben Te’o showed a glimpse of that Rugby League power before the recently landed Auckla(...)

 Ben Te’o will debut against Edinburgh on Friday.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Kevin McLaughlin returns from injury to lead Leinster out against Edinburgh at the RDS on Friday night, while new recruit Ben Te’o will debut at outsi(...)

Andrew Trimble returns to the Ulster backline for their  Pro12 clash against Edinburgh at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho.

Ulster have almost completely revised their team for the visit of Edinburgh with outside centre Jared Payne one of 10 personnel changes to the side. (...)

Chris Henry believes  those players who go out now know that we have to really front up. Photograph: Presseye/Inpho

With the hurt of last week’s surprise defeat at Zebre having been fully absorbed, Ulster have declared themselves ready to produce an appropriate reac(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip on the charge against Edinburgh at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 15 (Tries: Murphy, D Kearney. Pen: Gopperth. Con: Gopperth), Edinburgh 13 (Try: Visser. Pens: Laidlaw (2). Con: Laidlaw)An odious argument. N(...)

Connacht’s Craig Ronaldson in action against Glasgow  Warriors’ Ruaridh Jackson  Mark Bennett last week. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Connacht’s kicking let them down last week in Glasgow, a losing bonus point cold comfort from a match they could have won. It was an opportunity mi(...)

Paul O’Connell in action yesterday. “Over time as well as a team you begin to trust one another more.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They have their critics and their doubters but, top of their Heineken Cup group after five successive wins – atoning for their opening loss in Edinbur(...)