Scotland’s Duncan Taylor on the way to scoring their second try in the Six Nations win over France at Murrayfield. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Scotland arrive in Dublin today rarely having felt so good about themselves, or with Ireland so respectful and wary of the genuine threat they provid(...)

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(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams is tackled during his side’s win over Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 13 Glasgow Warriors 10 The goal was to bank a third successive win midway through this six-game segment and in that regard the primary aim was(...)

Toulouse’s French fullback Maxime Medard  scores a try against Oyonnax in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images

It was left to Ospreys to haul a solitary scrap of pride among Pro12 sides from a weekend in which all seven teams in action in the Champions Cup left(...)

 Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss, his team’s game against Oyonnax has been postponed. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Due to the tragic events last night in Paris and ‘the current period of national mourning in France’, EPCR and the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) have(...)

Leinster outhalf Cathal Marsh is tackled by Glasgow’s Ryan Wilson during the Guinness Pro 12 game at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 23 Glasgow Warriors 18 Leinster trailed for most of this clash between the Pro12 champions of the past two seasons but they came good (...)

Simone Favaro: the Italian is the latest sign of the relatively recent attraction of foreign players to the PRO12 champions. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Simone Favaro was a super-destructive force for Italy against Ireland at the World Cup less than three weeks ago. The abrasive openside is the (...)

 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 (...)