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(...)

Connacht’s Brett Wilkinson has retired from the game. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Connacht Rugby has been shocked by the sudden retirement of long-serving prop Brett Wilkinson. The popular 30-year-old has been forced to ret(...)

Ulster forwards Rory Best, Callum Black and Dan Tuohy arrive for training at  Pirrie Park in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland hooker Rory Best will make his 150th appearance for Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 decider away to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (...)

 Denis Buckley and Gurthro Steenkamp of Toulouse. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

The suspicions always lurked that the real Toulouse might turn up and that, as a result, this was not the ideal week for a virus to sweep through Conn(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and head coach Pat Lam share a joke during the week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Lam is hopeful that his players will be back firing on all cylinders tomorrow evening (6pm) as they welcome a Toulouse side hell bent on revenge t(...)

Connacht’s Dan Parks kicks.  ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The Pro 12 table may not make pretty reading for Pat Lam’s Connacht, but the Kiwi coach is adamant perseverance is the key for his injury-hit squad. W(...)

Connacht put enormous pressure on the Leinster scrum. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Having been to Beamer’s wedding on Saturday I missed all the live rugby, so settled in on Monday to catch up. It was amazing to experience the Leinste(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Dan Parks of Connacht 	challenge for the ball during the RaboDirect Pro12 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 16 Connacht 13: Connacht were just three minutes away from a famous interprovincial derby victory at the RDS, but Leinster pulled it out of t(...)

Connacht’s John Muldoon is helped from the field after tearing a calf muscle in the Heineken Cup game against Saracens at The Sportsground. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht will miss their influential Ireland international backrow John Muldoon for up to six weeks after he tore a calf muscle in last Friday’s open(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam says his side are ready for high-flying Saracens. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht prop Rodney Ah You will start alongside Brett Wilkinson and Seán Henry in Friday’s Heineken Cup opener against Saracens at the Sportsground ((...)