New Zealand-born Tom McCartney is one of Connacht’s more seasoned players. Photograph: James Crosbie.

Connacht hooker Tom McCartney has come up against some of the world’s top frontrows in his seven years playing Super rugby Down Under, but it is Irela(...)

Ian Madigan: will assume the place-kicing duties for Leinster against Glasgow. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors may not be at full strength either, but Gregor Townsend’s men journey to Dublin with a real chance of overturning last season’s Gran(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor: “There are a lot of games in the Pro 12 that are impacted on by the lack of availability of Test players.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor, so clearly at odds with Ireland’s player management plan, believes the refusal to release Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney, Ja(...)

Leo Cullen with the Leinster squad at UCD. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster will have to win every match until the end of the season if they are to fulfill their ambitions for this season, according to forwards coach (...)

In Hawick they say that if you catch Stuart Hogg you get to make a wish, a homily to the jagged sidesteps, jarring acceleration and the gentle pitter-(...)

Denis Hurley  leads Munster for  the third consecutive game when they face Glasgow in Musgrave Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

This is as tough as it gets for Munster: a Glasgow side which are determined to keep their place at the top of the table and secure a home tie come p(...)

Former Munster centre James Downey will play for Wasps for the remainder of the season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Munster centre James Downey has joined Aviva Premiership side Wasps on loan for the remainder of the season, just eight months after leaving th(...)

Munster outhalf JJ Hanrahan scores his side’s first try in the Guinness Pro12 game against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium. Photograph:  Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Glasgow 21 Munster 18 Two second-half penalty misses from outhalf JJ Hanrahan proved costly for Munster in Scotland on Saturday as the Glasgow(...)

Glasgow Warriors’ Jonny Gray goes over for the winning try in the Guinness Pro12 clash against Munster at  Scotstoun. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors 21 Munster 18Munster will go into their Guinness Pro12 match against Leinster on Friday determined to address the reasons for a secon(...)

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(...)