John Muldoon will line out for Connacht for the 250th time against Glasgow at Scotstoun. Photograph: Getty Images.

Glasgow have, like Leinster, lost a sizable chunk of playing power to the World Cup and fell in their opening match to Scarlets. Connacht coach Pat L(...)

Anhtony Foley believes last year’s pro 12 final defeat will make Munster stronger this time out. Photograph: Inpho

The disappointment of losing last season’s Guinness Pro12 final will be a galvanising force for Munster ahead of the new campaign that begins in a for(...)

Vern Cotter: extended his contract and will now guide Scotland’s fortunes until June, 2017. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Although there was only one coveted Bouclier de Brennus in his time with Clermont, perhaps Vern Cotter’s greatest achievement was to last eight years (...)

Stuart Hogg beats the tackles of Munster’s Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne to set up Glasgow’s third try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO.

No one could begrudge Glasgow this triumph. This was the culmination of four years contesting the knock-out stages, and whereas Munster were completin(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley in Belfast. “Parts of their off-loading game really killed us at times and they opened up a lot of space for themselves.” Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Hiding their disappointment, it was a stoic face from Munster on Glasgow’s ripping win. Anthony Foley, Denis Hurley, even the fans sucked this one u(...)

Glasgow’s Al Kellock lifts the Guinness Pro 12 trophy afteer the Scottish side’s victory over Munster at Ravenhill. Photo:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Glasgow 31 Munster 13 Glasgow became the first Scottish side to carry off the Pro 12 League trophy that even the diehard Munster fans that arrived to(...)

 Face off: Munster captain  Denis Hurley and Glasgow Warriors’ captain Josh Strauss   ahead of today’s Guinness Pro12 final in  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It wasn’t quite meant to be like this, for Ulster desperately wanted to showcase their team as well as their impressively redeveloped home ground. Bu(...)

Ulster Rugby squad training at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, ahead of their Pro12 semi-final against Glasgow at Scotstoun. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho.

What makes Ulster a lesser proposition than last season or when they reached the 2012 European Cup final is the reduction of power forwards. Johann M(...)

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend: his team  have won 16 of their 22 Pro12 games in the regular league. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

They coined a name for a pass he gave Gavin Hastings in 1995. Gregor Townsend’s magical reverse for a dramatic last-minute 23-21 victory against Fran(...)

Ian Humphreys will start at outhalf for Ulster in their game away to Glasgow. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Inpho/Presseye

The draw with Munster in Belfast appears to have made up Neil Doak’s mind. Sure, that sharp cut-out pass by Paddy Jackson and touchline conversion (...)