Rory Best congratulates Ian Humphreys after his try for Ulster in the Champions Cup victory over Oyonnax at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster 56 Oyonnax 3 Ultimately, as a place in the quarter-finals was prised from their grasp as the weekend unfolded, Ulster were left to lament prev(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams in action against Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relative lack of Irish interest, but the final weekend of what is now the European Champions Cup somehow used to seem more fun. Mathe(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy runs in their first try against Scarlets in their Pro12 match at  Parc y Scarlets, Wales. Photograph: Inpho

Scarlets 21 Connacht 19 Connacht head coach Pat Lam reckons his side shot themselves in the foot after Steve Shingler’s dead-eye penalty at the last(...)

Richard Wiggelworth dives to score during Saracens 45-10 win away at Oyonnax. Photograph: Afp

Wasps 23 Bath 25 George Ford kicked a match-winning conversion with the game’s final kick in front of watching England head coach Eddie Jones as Bath(...)

 Rhys Ruddock could miss the World Cup after suffering an arm injury at the Tbilisi Cup.

Emerging Ireland 33 Uruguay 7 Rhys Ruddock’s hopes of taking part in the World Cup rest upon the results of an x-ray after damaging his right arm just(...)

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. (...)