Ulster’s Craig Gilroy is mobbed by his  teammates after his try. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho

UIster inflicted the first defeat of the season on table-toppers Glasgow and duly returned to third place in the Pro12 table.Second-half touchdowns fr(...)

Munster  coach Anthony Foley with Paul O’Connell at a training session at University of Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Had Ian Keatley landed his last-ditch penalty to earn Munster victory over Edinburgh here in the first round, this would have been one of two summit (...)

Isaac Boss is set to make his 100th appearance for Leinster tonight, having also played over 100 times for Ulster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Pro12 puts its best foot forward on Sky’s opening, Saturday prime time tea-time slot with a reprise of last May’s Grand Final, and Nigel Owens as (...)

Thomond Park in Limerick: venue for the 2017 Women’s  Rugby World Cup final? Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Limerick is the favourite city to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017. Having expressed interest in bringing the 2023 men’s tournament to Irelan(...)

 Conrad Smith of the All Blacks scores a late try against England despite Joe Marler’s best efforts  at Eden Park   in Auckland. Photograph:   Simon Watts/Getty Images

New Zealand 20 England 15 England slipped to a painful late defeat in their first Test against New Zealand knowing that a glorious opportunity (...)

Blackrock outhalf Brian O’Driscoll in possession as Newbridge players including outhalf Brent Ward try to stop him during a  Leinster School’s Senior Cup game at Donnybrook in 1997 Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Anyone remember Riaz Fredericks? Big, dreadlocked South African who erected a wall in front of Brian O’Driscoll way back in August 1999. The first of (...)

  Nigel Owens will referee the Pro12 Final between Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors at the RDS. Photograph:  Huw Evans

Nigel Owens will referee this year’s RaboDirect RaboDirect Pro12 Final between Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors at the RDS on Saturday week (6.15p(...)

Ulster’s Michael Heaney avoids the tackles of Munster’s Casey Laulala and Felix Jones to score a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 17 Ulster 19: Ulster would have taken most of the encouragement and the plaudits from this encounter long before the end, but as it transpired(...)

Referee Luke Pearce kept control of the decision and did his job correctly in sending off Tom Court against Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The next challenge for the Pro 12 is to eradicate the sloppy officiating that has become all too evident in recent months. Referees are not the proble(...)

Mourad Boudjellal: “I did not agree with all his decisions [in the quarter-final against Leinster] and felt he was a bit biased.”

Referee Wayne Barnes will take charge of the Heineken Cup semi-final between Toulon and Munster in Marseille on Sunday week, less than a month(...)