Ian Keatley winning his 100th Munster cap against the Dragons last week . Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Fittingly, Ian Keatley looks out on an empty Thomond Park from a corporate box with the number ‘10’ on its door. Four days away from today’s semi-fina(...)

If Leinster had progressed in the Champions Cup against Toulon it’s unlikely this would have been the season’s outcome. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Leinster took the decision to release Matt O’Connor from his position as head coach with the province, they’d have done so with a heavy heart.(...)

Connacht’s head coach Pat Lam must now prepare his side for a trip to Gloucester. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster’s season is over but for Munster, Ulster and Connacht, season-defining games await. Ulster will be restored to something like full-strength f(...)

Ian Humphreys will start at outhalf for Ulster in their game away to Glasgow. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Inpho/Presseye

The draw with Munster in Belfast appears to have made up Neil Doak’s mind. Sure, that sharp cut-out pass by Paddy Jackson and touchline conversion (...)

Grace Davitt and Lynne Cantwell after Ireland’s remarkable defeat of the All Blacks in the 2014 World Cup. Photograph: Inpho 1:29

From there to here is some journey. The Women’s Rugby World Cup comes to Belfast via Dublin in 2017. Even slipping into the recent past, February 2(...)

Paddy Jackson (left): “I’ve just tried to relax and play the rugby I know I can play.” Photograph: William Cherry/ Presseye/Inpho

All outhalves feel slightly undermined if not trusted with the goal-kicking duties. Think back to Johnny Sexton on the Lions tour when Warren Gatland(...)

“I’ve always been able to be calm on the pitch,” says Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson. “I’ve learned over the years because I came in at a young age and I’ve had a lot of experience of ups and downs.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In primary school he drew out his future as only a child could do. It was fearless and unlikely, but left no room for doubt or questioning. It was a l(...)

Toulon celebrate winning the European Champions Cup after beating Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So Toulon are entitled to be labelled the European Cup’s greatest ever team? For a club which only competed in one Heineken Cup prior to its current t(...)

Jamie Heaslip in training with the Leinster squad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster v Leinster Ravenhill, Friday, 7.35pm BBC 2, Sky Sports 5 Changes were inevitable in such a short time frame but after some specific errors at(...)

Leinster outhalf Jimmy Gopperth is a picture of dejection at the final whistle against Toulon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster scarcely have time to pause for breath, much less for reflection, but looking back on their courageous if dispiriting European Champions Cup (...)