Connacht’s Bundee Aki is tackled by Justin Tipuric of Ospreys during the Guinness Pro 12 game at  The Sportsground in Galway. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 20 Ospreys 24 Connacht finished in seventh place in this season’s Guinness Pro 12 to keep their hopes of Champions Cup rugby alive. (...)

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(...)

Donnacha Ryan makes his return to the Munster squad after a year of rehabilitation with a foot injury.

  Ospreys v Munster Saturday, Liberty Stadium, 2.40 Sky Sports 1 Professional sport rarely accommodates sentiment during a match (...)

 Nathan White: back in the Connacht line-up for the visit to Scarlets. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Sunday’s match in west Wales has huge ramifications for this season’s Guinness Pro12. The Scarlets, who trail their visitors by five points, know t(...)

Keith Earls hands off Sale Sharks’ Luke McLean to run in the first of eight second-half tries for Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

The thousands of unoccupied seats and large gaps on the terraces brooked no argument about the status afforded this match by many Munster supporters. (...)

Seán Cronin goes over to score Leinster’s fourth try in the European Champions Cup match against Castres at the RDS. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster 50 Castres 8No worries, Leinster are the only Irish province still breathing European Champions Cup oxygen. The grumblers, whose din had been(...)

Jamie Heaslip at the pre-match press conference. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

As regular season games go, the stakes here are higher than is even usually the case for an interpro derby. Aside from the manifold implications at th(...)

Romain Poite will referee back to back  European Champions Cup games in Ireland in January. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There will be a French flavour to Munster’s closing two Pool One games, with Roman Poite and Pascal Gauzere set to referee their two must-win encounte(...)

Leinster man of the match  Jack Conan evades the tackle of Ospreys’ Dmitri Arhip during the Guinness Pro12 game at the RDS. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster 18 Ospreys 12Leinster will be grateful for the result, which the grafted for in blood and sweat, but the performance, well that’s another mat(...)

 Munster’s JJ Hanrahan scored seven kicks from seven in Cardiff. Photograph: Ashley Crowden / Inpho

Cardiff Blues 24 Munster 28 Munster’s Paddy Butler served up a 28-24 victory at the Cardiff Arms Park with a last-ditch try. The Blues look(...)