Mils Muliaina’s Connacht salary could have covered the cost of an astonishing 60 academy players. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho

This needs to be the night Mils Muliaina rolls back the years. It could easily be the night his buckled wheels roll into the category of yet another (...)

Bath’s Sam Burgess: his tackle technique is a cross between Trevor Brennan and a dumper truck. Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Hollywood actor and co-owner of South Sydney Rabbitohs Russell Crowe defines him as the ‘sparkly eyed man’ where ‘those sparkly eyed men carve their (...)

Robbie Hanshaw starts for Connacht against Gloucester in their Challenge Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Mils Muliaina has been named in Connacht’s starting line up for their Challenge Cup quarter-final away to Gloucester just a day after it was announced(...)

Tommy Bowe in action during Ulster’s recent Pro12 victory over Edinburgh. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho.

Senior members in the Ulster squad including Tommy Bowe were consulted before Neil Doak was appointed coach in the wake of a provincial cleanout of p(...)

Number eight Roger Wilson made his Ulster debut in 2003. Photograph: Inpho

As one of Ulster’s longest serving players, who made his debut almost 11 years ago and is embarking upon the third season of eight overall in what is (...)

 Laurie Fisher

Gloucester have confirmed the appointment of Laurie Fisher as head coach.The Australian will complete a new-look coaching team at the English club, jo(...)

Mark Anscombe: had signed a one-year extension to his contract in February that would have kept him in situ until the end of the 2014-2015 season. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The niceties dictate that the phrase ‘parted company’ is employed but effectively Ulster have sacked Mark Anscombe. The New Zealander did not know wh(...)

Ross Molony and Jack O’Donoghue will be key men for Ireland Under-20s against England in their Junior World Cup semi-final in North Harbour, New Zealand. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Ringrose clan, St Michael’s College and UCD can take the most satisfaction from this odyssey. That’s what any journey to the penultimate stages o(...)

Rory Best, out since the Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat at home to Saracens six weeks ago, could make the Ulster side to meet Leinster in the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster are set to receive a timely boost in advance of Saturday’s RaboDirect Pro 12 semi-final against Leinster at the RDS with the return of the h(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: Matt O’Connor maintained he’ll be okay for next Saturday’s semi-final game against Ulster at the RDS.

The end-of-season play-offs have a decidedly familiar ring to them, with Leinster earning their fifth home semi-final, Glasgow and Munster each in the(...)