Adam Byrne will make his second appearance for Leinster three years after his first. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Number crunching highlights the magnitude of the task facing Leinster as they look to clamber to the top of the Guinness Pro12 in the inhospitable su(...)

Connacht’s Danie Poolman scores his side’s second try despite Nick Scott of Dragons at the Galway Sportsground last evening. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht 29 Dragons 23 Connacht opened their Guinness Pro 12 season with a valuable home win, edging a lively encounter against the Newport Gwe(...)

Nepia Fox-Matamua will make his Connacht debut against Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht v Newport Gwent Dragons, Sportsground (Friday 7.30) Summer signing Nepia Fox-Matamua will earn his first cap for Connacht while 21-year-old a(...)

  Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth breaks through against Newport Gwent Dragons. The outhalf scored a try but came out on the losing side. Photograph: Simon King/Inpho

Dragons 25 Leinster 22Matt O’Connor has six days to salvage Leinster’s season from suffering the ignominy of being effectively over by mid-April.Their(...)

 Dragons’ Jack Dixon scores his side’s second try in comeback victory over Leinster. Photo: Ian Cook/Inpho

Dragons 25 Leinster 22Matt O’Connor has six days to salvage Leinster’s season from suffering the ignominy of being effectively over by mid-April.Their(...)

Samoan international Mike Stanley makes his first start for Ulster at inside centre. Photograph: Inpho.

  Newport-Gwent Dragons v Ulster Rodney Parade, Sunday, 4.0, BBC 2 Momentum is such a key component during the Six Nations window a(...)

Tommy O’Donnell returns to the Munster starting line up for Saturday’s Pro 12 fixture against Scarlets. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Anthony Foley has named eight changes to his Munster side for Saturday’s game away at Scarlets, with the some of the province’s international cohort r(...)

 Ben Te’o gets a long overdue fourth appearance for Leinster against the Dragons on Sunday, having so far only played 87 minutes of rugby union. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A non-televised Pro 12 game in Dublin sneaks under the radar but there’s plenty of external interest in those involved.There are rumours that Wallab(...)

Connacht  coach Pat Lam:  “We want the four points, we want the win, but the real focus is on us playing as a team.” Photograph: Inpho

Connacht’s new coach Pat Lam knows there will be massive expectation as his charges face Zebre, a club that has yet to win a match in the Pro 12 sinc(...)