Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson runs in a try late in the  Guinness Pro 12 victory over Leinster at  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 30 Leinster 6 Ulster put one foot into the play-offs, and ensured Leinster will have to beat Treviso next Saturday if they are to ensure a hom(...)

 Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson: his form as playmaker-cum-goalkicker is atoning for the somewhat so-so form of Ruan Pienaar this season. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The 12th and last interpro derby of the regular Guinness Pro 12 season is as significant and seismic as any of the 11 that have preceded it. Aside fr(...)

Johnny Sexton starts for Leinster against Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns to the Leinster side for Saturday’s inter-provincial clash with Ulster. Sexton’s last appearance saw him score 16 points to gu(...)

 Simon Keogh, operations manager and head of legal affairs in Irupa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Since rugby became professional agents have been around, growing at first but now at a steady 12 in Ireland. Initially the parents of players helped t(...)

Leinster’s Eoin Reddan and Munster’s Andrew Conway in aerial battle during the sides’ last Pro12 league meeting in December, which Leinster won. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They’ve had bigger games. They’ve had bigger crowds. But Leinster and Munster have rarely encountered each other in such acute need for league points.(...)

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns for Leinster in Saturday evening’s crunch Pro 12 clash with Munster at the Aviva Stadium. In total Leo Cullen has made nine c(...)

England’s prop Joe Marler  clashes with Wales’ prop Samson Lee  during the Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

World Rugby was right to summons Joe Marler to face an independent misconduct hearing over his “gypsy boy” comment to the Welsh tighthead Samson Lee d(...)

Nathan White and Greig Laidlaw get involved as Donnacha Ryan and Conor Murray congratulate Ireland try scorer Devin Toner. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

To England the Grand Slam spoils, to Ireland a second successive win at the Aviva Stadium, thus maintaining a three-year unbeaten home record in the S(...)

Scrumhalf Luke McGrath keeps Leinster going forward against Glasgow as he offloads the ball in the tackle at Scotstoun. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Glasgow 12 Leinster 6 Leinster’s hopes of moving to the top of the Guinness Pro 12 table were dashed last might at Scotstoun by a Glasgow side that(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney returns to the Leinster team for the first time since sustaining a shoulder injury against France in the Six Nations. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Photograph.

Glasgow v Leinster, Scotstoun, Friday, 7.35pm (Sky Sports 3) This was one of the matches coach Leo Cullen saw coming down the line since its postpo(...)