Craig Gilroy dives over for Ulsters second score in their 26-10 win over Leinster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 26 Leinster 10Ulster set up a third Irish derby in a row at home to Munster two weeks’ hence, in a match that could decide home advantage in th(...)

Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage  collides with Cian Healy during the European Champions Cup  semi final  in Marseille. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Wales, then Toulon. Seán O’Brien and defeat sit uncomfortably in the same room. His frustrations were audible on Wayne Barnes’s microphone in Cardiff(...)

George Clancy: part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s George Clancy and John Lacey have been chosen as part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. World Rugby also co(...)

Italy captain  Sergio Parisse is tackled by England’s Luther Burrell (above) and Jonny May during the Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England head coach Stuart Lancaster sees plenty of room for improvement despite England claiming a second win from two Six Nations matches with a six-(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)

Wasps’ Ashley Johnson  stands over Leinster’s Dave Kearney before being sin binned in the first minute of the Champions Cup match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Would you be a referee? I wouldn’t. There’s too many players like me to deal with, for a start. Fellas who will try anything and everything, push thin(...)

Montpellier’s centre Lucas Dupont breaks clear for one of his two tries in the Champions Cup clash against Toulouse  at the Altrad stadium in Montpellier. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Leinster will meet Bath in Dublin in the Champions Cup quarter-finals on the first weekend in April, with the game set to take place at the Aviva Stad(...)

Connacht captain John Muldoon and  coach Pat Lam during the Ulster v Connacht Pro12  game at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht coach Pat Lam has expressed disappointment at this season’s annual St Stephen’s Day fixture being rearranged to take place against Ulster in (...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley takes on the Ulster defence. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s unlikely that Ruan Pienaar will return for Ulster against Leinster on January 3rd having re-damaged the knee he injured playing for South Africa (...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki in action during the Guinness Pro12 game against the Ospreys at  Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Ospreys 26 Connacht 11Connacht failed to take advantage of an Ospreys side short of nine internationals as they produced something of a Halloween shoc(...)