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 (...)

Newly appointed Ulster head coach Les Kiss. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho.

Ulster’s lack of success on the road was a topic of conversation broached by captain Rory Best and new head coach Les Kiss during the week and the (...)

Munster welcome back more of their internationals this weekend against Edinburgh. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

World Cup returnees Conor Murray and Keith Earls will make their first Munster appearances of the season after being named in Anthony Foley’s starting(...)

“Playing with a lot of the Irish guys,  it’s almost sad for me not to see them in the semi-finals,” said Ruan Pienaar. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

As ever with Ruan Pienaar there will be no holiday. As soon as South Africa’s World Cup is over, he will return to Ulster. The man who has been on (...)

South Africa players arrive for a training session at Pennyhill Park, in Bagshot. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Victor Matfield has not recovered from a hamstring injury which will once again leave South Africa facing into their quarterfinal against Wales this w(...)

 South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen: “If we don’t win we are out. We have to give our all. I’m ready to do that.” Photo:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

A history of violence. Recent cuddlings of these gargantuan men is drenched in bloody yet wincingly enjoyable rugby. There have been 50-pointer(...)

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says he has the full backing of his players after the country’s largest trade union accused him of making ‘racist choices’ when picking his squad. Photograph: Getty

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says he has the full backing of his players and is committed to a transformation in Springbok rugby after coming unde(...)

 Ruan Pienaar leaves the pitch with his dejected team-mates after the defeat to Glasgow in Scotstoun. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Ruan Pienaar seems to have been on the rugby treadmill for about five years now without a break, ever since joining Ulster five years ag o. If ever a(...)

Kingspan Stadium, Belfast: would prove an intimidating home venue for Ulster in the final should they overcome Glasgow this weekend. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Glasgow eventually tore Ulster asunder last Saturday. The tries needed to secure a home semi-final demanded it. Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell delivered(...)

Ian Humphreys will start at outhalf for Ulster in their game away to Glasgow. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Inpho/Presseye

The draw with Munster in Belfast appears to have made up Neil Doak’s mind. Sure, that sharp cut-out pass by Paddy Jackson and touchline conversion (...)