Tommy Bowe is happy to be back with Ulster after a spell with the Ospreys. Photograph: Inpho

The era of stitching gold stars into provincial jerseys has been replaced by Six Nations titles. While Joe Schmidt’s team is thriving, the task of wi(...)

 Francis Saili in action for the Auckland Blues. A potential centre partnership with Keith Earls at Munster is mouth-watering. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

The signings of Charles Piutau by Ulster and Francis Saili by Munster are obviously a response to the poor seasons both clubs have had. People have be(...)

Fergus McFadden is following return-to-play protocols after getting  head injury during Leinster’s victory over Bath in the Champions Cup quarter-final

Leinster are likely to be without wing Fergus McFadden and secondrow Kane Douglas for Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 match against the Newport Gwent Dragons (...)

Francis Saili will join Munster once his current Auckland Blues contract has ended. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images Sport

Munster have confirmed the signing of twice capped All Black centre Francis Saili on a two year contract. The 24-year-old Auckland Blues back made his(...)

Charles Piutau, seen here in  action for Auckland Blues in March, will join Ulster on a two-year deal from this summer. Photograph:   Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images

Charles Piutau will join Ulster on a two year deal in July 2016 the province has confirmed.The 23-year-old utility back – he can play anywhere from 12(...)

Peter Stringer will leave Bath at the end of the season. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Sam Burgess will start, with Peter Stringer to feature at scrumhalf, as Bath intend to use every arrow in their quiver to stop Leinster in the Champio(...)

Charles Piutau of the All Balcks has signed a two year deal with Ulster according to reports in New Zealand. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Charles Piutau will join Ulster on a two year deal in July 2016. The 23-year-old utility back - he can play anywhere from 12 to 15 - is the latest est(...)

Steven Luatua: “If I can be physical for the whole 80 minutes then I will walk away happy.”

Blindside flanker Steven Luatua has been given the opportunity to impose himself on the Ireland pack as the All Blacks seek to end their season unb(...)

Kieran Read runs in to score his try against France. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

World champions New Zealand earned their 12th victory in as many games in 2013 by beating France 26-19 and handing their opponents an eighth straight(...)

Castres’ outhalf Remi Tales will start against the All Blacks.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has taken a gamble in his team selection for Saturday’s clash with the All Blacks, picking the inexperienced outhalf(...)