Ian Madigan and Jack McGrath both start for Leinster against Ulster on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Leo Cullen has radically revamped his team and replacements for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 derby against Ulster at the RDS with the return of (...)

Saracens celebrate Billy Vunipola’s bonus-point try at the end of the European Champions Cup game at Ravenhill. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ulster 9 Saracens 27 Well beaten by a superior force. Here we witnessed a fate that may continue to befall the provinces in major Champions Cup games (...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss: It’s getting tougher with English clubs getting salary cap rises. It’s going to be like a shark pool for talent so we want to have an environment that people want to stay in.” Photograph: Inpho

Les Kiss, just his second day in the job and he still can’t shake off Argentina. As he adjusts from life at international level and the World Cup vall(...)

Munster winger Simon Zebo will start against Ulster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s not been the most uplifting of weeks for Anthony Foley and Neil Doak as their teams prepare to do battle in the season’s first interprovincial. F(...)

Simon Zebo starts for Munster against Ulster at Thomond Park on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Simon Zebo starts on the right wing for Munster on Friday night as they take on Ulster in the season’s first inter-provincial clash at Thomond Park. A(...)

Nick Williams celebrates after scoring Ulster’s third try in the Guiness Pro 12 game against Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye/

Ulster 24 Scarlets 17 Another home win, and another bonus point: that was what Ulster wanted and needed just as Les Kiss comes on board and Tom(...)

Sam Arnold has been named  at outside centre for Ulster’s clash with Cardiff Blues. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Four games in and Ulster’s record already has a familiar feel to it. Two hefty home wins and the same number of defeats on the road have done s(...)

 Ireland’s Johnny Sexton during the Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Friday. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Disaster. Johnny Sexton’s injury timeline, according to the Ireland management, is that the 30 year old felt tightness in his groin on Friday after tr(...)

Ireland winger  Tommy Bowe scores a try against France in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

2012 Six Nations Championship France 17 Ireland 17, Stade de France This was the first draw between the sides since 1985 and represented (...)

Robbie Henshaw is in line to make his World Cup debut in the Pool D game against Italy on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Akin to other head coaches who have a clear selection strategy in this World Cup, although not all, Joe Schmidt is expected to largely revert to th(...)