Leinster’s Dominic Ryan is tackled by Michael Tagicakibau of Scarlets during the Guinness Pro 12 game at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 19 Scarlets 15 A beautifully mild night and not a breath of wind in the RDS warmed a thin enough crowd behind the goals in Dublin’s Ba(...)

 Ulster’s Peter Nelson: went well in the victory over the Ospreys though a groin niggle meant Stuart McCloskey took the placekicks, Photograph: Inpho

Despite the fairly emphatic nature of their 28-6 bonus point thumping of the Ospreys in last weekend’s Pro12 opener, in Belfast, Ulster know they h(...)

 New Zealand-born flanker John Hardie has been named in Scotland’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Vern Cotter has confirmed neither Blair Cowan or John Barclay will live out their World Cup dream after controversially axing both from his 31-man squ(...)

 Greig Laidlaw Scotland captain converts his kick after Sean Lamont’s try against Italy at  at Murrayfield Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Scotland ran in six tries to overwhelm Italy 48-7 in a one-sided World Cup warm-up game at Murrayfield on Saturday. Wingers Sean Lamont and Tim Visse(...)

Sean Lamont slides over for a score during Scotland’s 48-7 Rugby World Cup warm-up win over Italy at Murrayfield. Photograph: PA

Scotland 48 Italy 7 Scotland finally injected some momentum into their World Cup preparations as they followed up last week’s win over Italy with a 48(...)

Ireland fullback Simon Zebo breaks free to score a try in the 61st-minute against Scotland in the Rugby World Cup warm-up game at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This was a sloppier, less accurate Irish performance, but Scotland put up a more meaningful and exacting challenge than Wales a week previously, wh(...)

Scarlets 32 Connacht 14Connacht’s top six qualification hopes were give a sobering shake-up when they were comprehensively outgunned by fellow hopeful(...)

Ulster’s Franco Van Der Merwe gets away from Scarlets’ Ken Owens. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Llanelli Scarlets 32 Ulster 32A last-minute try from Ireland wing Andrew Trimble saw Ulster snatch a draw against Scarlets in a dramatic and hugely e(...)

Ian Keatley kicks at goal during the match at Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Huw Evans/Inpho

Scarlets 18 Munster 13 Munster were denied an unprecedented clean s(...)

Isaac Boss steps in as scrumhalf for Leinster in the absence of the injured Eoin Reddan. Photograph: Inpho

Glasgow come to the RDS knowing that at this juncture in the competition it becomes a dog fight for points. Be sure that Joe Schmidt,(...)