Paddy Jackson: one of Ulster’s many missing men through injury, it is hoped the outhalf will be fit to play again by St Stephen’s Day. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Of late the words “absolutely no additional injury concerns” have not been heard from the lips of anyone in Ulster rugby. What relief then after losin(...)

 Wales players Mike Phillips  and Jonathan Davies make their way to training at the Vale Hotel in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales have named their strongest side to face New Zealand at Cardiff on Saturday as they look for their first victory over the All Blacks for 64 year(...)

 Australia fullback Israel Folau  escapes the challenge of Wales’ Alex Cuthbert to score the first of his two tries in the autumn international at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales 28 Australia 33Wales’ excruciating agony against the southern hemisphere heavyweights continued in Cardiff as they suffered a 10th successive lo(...)

George North takes part in a Wales training session at the Millennium stadium. Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

George North will start his second match in the centre for Wales on Saturday when their World Cup group rivals Australia visit the Millennium Stadium (...)

Glasgow’s Jonny Gray wins the battle for possession with Montpellier’s Sitaleki Timani during the European Rugby Champions match at Altrad Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

POOL FOUR Montpellier 13 Glasgow 15Gregor Townsend and his Glasgow Warriors took a giant leap towards the Champions Cup quarter-finals with a 15-13 tr(...)

Ospreys outhalf  Dan Biggar kicked 17 points against Treviso  at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Toulon 28 Scarlets 18Toulon took over at the top of Pool 3 with a hard-fought win over Scarlets at Stade Felix Mayol. Tries from Matt Giteau, Maxime M(...)

Toulon beat both Munster and Leinster on the way to defending their European crown last season. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho 4:58

No less than having the offices in Dublin, there’s little doubt that five Irish Heineken Cup wins in a seven-year period (2006 to 2012) did not go (...)

‘I don’t think beating our chest and roaring and shouting will do us any favours at the weekend’ - Munster head coach   Anthony Foley. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Ticket sales may not be in keeping with recent seasons. Munster, especially, are in far from confident or fluent form, and their casualty list has (...)

Munster’s Gerhard van den Heever scores a try in the corner against Ospreys after being put in by Ian Keatley. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/inpho¨

When bursting at the seams and teeming for the haute cuisine of big European occasions, it remains one of the great European venues; witness how Toulo(...)

Munster’s Sean Dougall is tackled by Rhys before Paul O’Connell and Denis Hurley arrive to give a helping hand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 14 Ospreys 19 Tonight’s defeat, their second in four games this season, leaves Munster at sixth in the Pro12 table, a point below next (...)