Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald tackles Greig Tonks of Edinburgh at the RDS last month. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The No 13 debate, and need to fill that void, has been reignited by Matt O’Connor selecting Luke Fitzgerald at outside centre for Sunday’s arduous yet(...)

Zebre’s George Biagi is tackled by  Leinster’s Shane Jennings. Photograph: Nando Vescusio/Inpho

Zebre 8 Leinster 31 Leinster rounded off a largely positive weekend for Irish rugby in Parma yesterday where they saw off Zebre to commandeer second p(...)

Ireland outhalf Paddy Jackson returns to partner Paul Marshall  who is at  scrumhalf. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster send as strong a team as they can muster today to meet Zebre, the weaker of the two Italian sides in the league. Like his counterparts in Leins(...)

Robbie Henshaw’s play today against Zebre at 13 could have ramifications for Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In stark contrast in particular to Leinster, when Connacht are hit by a wave of injuries it quickly becomes a crisis. It’s a numbers thing. And it is (...)