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(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony in action against Gloucester. The side have huge motivation to claim a home Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sometimes, the hits and the crowd expectation and the gasp-for-breath toughness of European rugby are the easy part of the day. It’s the other stuff t(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll in action against Northampton Saints in their Heineken Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium last weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Break time for some; for others the grind continues. Most internationals go into hibernation as Six Nations preparations commence but Brian O’Driscoll(...)

Ireland outhalf Paddy Jackson returns to partner Paul Marshall  who is at  scrumhalf. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster send as strong a team as they can muster today to meet Zebre, the weaker of the two Italian sides in the league. Like his counterparts in Leins(...)

Edinburgh’s Tim Visser is tackled by Treviso’s Manoa Vosawai last weekend. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Scotland wing Tim Visser faces up to four months on the sidelines with a broken leg.The Dutchman went off injured during Edinburgh’s RaboDirect Pro12 (...)

Montpellier’s livewire Jonathan Pelissie could play a vital role in Pool 5. Photograph: Getty

POOL 1Castres OlympiqueBest: semi-finalists 2001-02.ERC European Ranking: 25.HC record: Pl 58, Wins 23, Draws 1, Losses 34.Suffering second season syn(...)

Ian Keatley: lines out at number 10 against Edinburgh at Musgrave Park tonight. Photograph: Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney will have been reasonably satisfied with pre-season victories over Gloucester (28-17) and London Irish (27-13) but tonight’s(...)

Former Ulster coach Alan Solomons will take over at Edinburgh  next month. Photograph:  Michael Sheehan/Getty Images

Edinburgh have appointed former Ulster coach South African Alan Solomons as their new head coach, the club have confirmed.The Springboks’ former assis(...)