Johnny Sexton starts for Leinster against Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns to the Leinster side for Saturday’s inter-provincial clash with Ulster. Sexton’s last appearance saw him score 16 points to gu(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip tackles Munster’s Ian Keatley Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Dave Kilcoyne’s quick tap and Ian Keatley’s missed penalty kick appear to have snatched victory, or at least a draw, from Munster’s grasp. Anthony Fo(...)

Leinster’s Eoin Reddan and Munster’s Andrew Conway in aerial battle during the sides’ last Pro12 league meeting in December, which Leinster won. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They’ve had bigger games. They’ve had bigger crowds. But Leinster and Munster have rarely encountered each other in such acute need for league points.(...)

Connacht’s Denis Buckley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering the importance of our provincial derbies to the Guinness Pro12 and Europe, it’s the individual that has caught my attention. There’s no (...)

Kieran Marmion touches down to score Connacht’s try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at the  Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 The Sportsground has possibly never heard a roar like the one which greeted Caolin Blade kicking the ball dead from his own i(...)

Leinster coach Girvan Dempsey remains confident Cian Healy and Seán O’Brien will regain the performance and fitness levels that allowed them play such(...)

CJ Stander: “The last six weeks have been the best time of my life.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Playing Test match rugby doesn’t require knowledge about the past anymore. For the players anyway. All that’s needed is a performance, recovery and o(...)

 Jordi Murphy: “I suppose the best way to force my way into that picture is to play well this weekend.” Photo: Inpho

A series of niggling injuries, but nothing severe enough to have stopped him from playing has knocked Jordi Murphy out of the thinking of Joe Schmidt.(...)

Jack Nowell celebrates as Mike Brown evades Robbie Henshaw to score England’s second try at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 10 Much like the game itself, this was a decidedly mixed bag of an Irish performance. Opinions will probably vary more wildly t(...)

England’s wing Mike Brown scores a try during the Six Nations match against Ireland  at Twickenham. Photograph:  Ben StansallAFP/Getty Images

England 21 Ireland 10 In the end, power told. England’s greater array of ball carriers and explosiveness in the collisions – epitomised by the phenom(...)