Johnny Sexton starts for Leinster against Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns to the Leinster side for Saturday’s inter-provincial clash with Ulster. Sexton’s last appearance saw him score 16 points to gu(...)

Devin Toner during Leinster training ahead of their Pro12 clash with Ulster. Photo: Inpho

When it comes to provinces playing each other there is sometimes nothing to be said that hasn’t been said before. Testy matches between players w(...)

Tommy Bowe offloads on his scoring return for Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Zebre 17 Ulster 47 This was an opportunity that Ulster simply couldn’t afford to turn down, in both the scramble for the playoffs and a place at Euro(...)

Tommy Bowe returns for Ulster on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Tommy Bowe is set to make his first Ulster appearance of the season against Zebre on Saturday. Bowe missed Ireland’s Six Nations campaign after picki(...)

Bundee Aki is a good decision maker. If he keeps up this form he will enter the Isa Nacewa bracket of world-class foreign signings. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have become the most unpredictable team in the Pro 12 but only because they are working off sturdy foundations. They play to a well-rehearse(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts at fullback for Connacht against Ulster on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster and Connacht welcome back their international heavyweights for Friday night’s Pro 12 fixture at Ravenhill. Les Kiss’s side are currently fifth(...)

Ireland international Andrew Trimble returns to the Ulster side – if he overcomes illness – for the Guinness Pro12 game against Connacht at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, on Friday evening. Photograph: Arthur Allison.

Ulster have been thrown quite the curve-ball as the Pro12 campaign enters its final four rounds of regulation play. First up, they worryingly find (...)

Gordon D’Arcy celebrates a try against Munster in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. “It was  as seamless a performance as Leinster have ever produced.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rugby has changed but Leinster versus Munster has a permanency to it. Even considering all that’s happened in recent seasons, it should still be the g(...)

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg goes through the gap between Ireland prop Mikle Ross and hooker Rory Best on the way to scoring his try in the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Ireland’s report card from the Six Nations Championship could be summed up under the phrase ‘could do better’ on the basis of winning the previous two(...)

The Irish team is expected to be unchanged for the visit of Scotland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rory Best’s calf strain remains the biggest impediment to Joe Schmidt retaining the same starting XV from last Saturday’s record-breaking 58-15 win o(...)