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(...)

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(...)

 Connacht’s Matt Healy scores their third try. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 30 Ospreys 22 Connacht took a pivotal victory in the Guinness Pro 12 to maintain their momentum at the top of the table. In a high-octane f(...)

Leinster’s Ben Te’o, Jack McGrath and Johnny Sexton struggle to dispossess Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson during yesterday’s Pro12 clash at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

It sounds simple enough. Leinster grind down their poorer relations and move up the Pro 12 table. For all their European woes, the deep fears for the (...)

Rob Kearney is tackled by Tiernan O’Halloran during Leinster’s 13-0 win at a sodden RDS on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 13 Connacht 0 Leave this as a solid win in atrocious conditions. The relentless wind and sideways downpour demanded a specific approach so(...)

Australian referee Angus Gardner will take charge of Ireland’s Six Nations match at home to Italy on March 12th. Photograph: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Former Munster player John Lacey and George Clancy are Ireland’s sole referee representatives in the 2016 Six Nations Championship, which gets underwa(...)

Captain Mamuka Gorgodze’s try was enough for Georgia against Namibia. Photograph: Getty

Namibia 16 Georgia 17 Georgia captain Mamuka Gorgodze broke stubborn Namibia to inspire his side to a nervy second win of the World Cup in Exet(...)

Gonzalo Garcia of Italy goes over for a try during the  Rugby World Cup Pool D match against  Canada at Elland Road  in Leeds. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Italy 23 Canada 18 Italy squeaked past a determined and inventive Canada at Elland Road to keep alive their hopes in Pool D at the Rugby World Cup. T(...)

Wales fullback  Leigh Halfpenny is stretchered off during the World Cup warm-up game  between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales 23 Italy 19 Wales are playing an anxious waiting game before knowing the full extent of injuries suffered by Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny durin(...)