Peter Stringer of Bath dives over for a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

John O’SullivanThere’s no doubting the performance of the day in the Aviva English Premiership belonged to Bath as they thumped the Leicester Tigers b(...)

Ian Madigan goes over for the only try of the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the  RDS. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 13 Ulster 9: Ian Madigan emerged as the match-winner for Leinster as his 72nd minute try decided Saturday evening’s attritional RaboDirect Pr(...)

Ulster’s Michael Heaney avoids the tackles of Munster’s Casey Laulala and Felix Jones to score a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 17 Ulster 19: Ulster would have taken most of the encouragement and the plaudits from this encounter long before the end, but as it transpired(...)

 Jared Payne escapes from Zebre’s Luciano Orquera to run in for Ulster’s  try in the RaboDirect Pro12 at Ravenhill in Belfast. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pro12 round-up: Ulster returned from two highly successful weekends of European action by continuing their winning streak in the Pro12, but it was a(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy has been moved to the left wing for the trip to Zebre. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Ricky Andrew’s introduction at fullback is one of six changed to the Ulster side that beat Edinburgh 41-17 ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Zebre in (...)

Outhalf Jimmy Gopperth will make his competitive debut for Leinster in their RaboDirect opener away to Scarlets. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rugby team news: Leinster have made seven changes to their side from last weekend’s friendly defeat to Northampton for Friday night’s RaboDirect opene(...)

A general view of a revamped Ravenhill where Ulster beat Leinster in a pre-season friendly.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster 21 Leinster 19: As is the way with pre-season friendlies the result was always secondary to what was essentially a hit-out for the expanded an(...)