Shane Delahunt  will start for Connacht against Treviso. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the same week that he signed a Connacht Academy contract, 20-year-old Shane Delahunt has been handed his first Pro 12 start at hooker after coming (...)

Jared Payne returns from injury for Ulster’s Guinness Pro12 clash against Edinburgh at Ravenhill on Friday night.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster have made 10 changes to the side that lost away to Zebre last weekend for Friday night’s Guinness Pro12 home game against Edinburgh at Ravenhil(...)

 Jamie Heaslip  is the new Leinster captain. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has given the captaincy of the province to Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip for the new season. Heaslip succeeds Leo Cu(...)

Munster and Leinster are scheduled to renew their televised rivalry on October 4th. Photograph: Inpho

Sky Sports have opted to televise the Guinness Pro 12 fixture between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday October 4th, with the ret(...)

 Eoin Griffin celebrates with Connacht’s first try scorer Matt Healy during the RaboDirect Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground in Galway.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 15 Cardiff 22: Cardiff won in Ireland for the first time in 16 months as they came from behind to beat Connacht 22-15 at the Sportsground.The(...)

 Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy is tackled by Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has made seven changes to the team that lost to Toulon for tomorrow night’s RaboDirect Pro12 game against the Ospr(...)

Niall Scannell will make his starting debut for Munster against Connacht at Thomond Park on Friday night. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Outhalf JJ Hanrahan is the only Munster player retained in the starting XV from last weekend’s victory over Scarlets for Friday night’s interprovincia(...)

Munster flanker  Niall Ronan is out for up to six months with a knee injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster’s Niall Ronan has been ruled out for up to six months having failed to recover from a knee strain sustained in training in November.The flank(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam is struggling with an escalation of injury problems. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Sport has an uncanny knack of reuniting people. On Friday night at the RDS Leinster outhalf Ian Madigan shifted to inside centre for the last nine min(...)

Andrew Trimble return for Ulster after finger surgery. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland winger Andrew Trimble has recovered from injury and is included in the Ulster team to face RaboDirect Pro12 leaders the Ospreys at the Liberty(...)