Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson: his form as playmaker-cum-goalkicker is atoning for the somewhat so-so form of Ruan Pienaar this season. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The 12th and last interpro derby of the regular Guinness Pro 12 season is as significant and seismic as any of the 11 that have preceded it. Aside fr(...)

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(...)

Devin Toner during Leinster training ahead of their Pro12 clash with Ulster. Photo: Inpho

When it comes to provinces playing each other there is sometimes nothing to be said that hasn’t been said before. Testy matches between players w(...)

The first players to tell their personal stories are Ireland and Leinster front-row Jack McGrath who speaks emotively about how he coped with the death of his brother by suicide in 2010 and Irish women’s player, Hannah Tyrrell, who talks about how she overcame her struggles with self-harm and bulimia. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Player welfare in rugby is continuing to evolve in a positive and proactive manner for the most part, an important consideration when examining a spor(...)

Ulster head coach Les Kiss during training ahead of their Pro12 clash with Leinster. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heading into the penultimate round of matches in the Guinness Pro12, the Ulster director of rugby, Les Kiss, described it as the toughest league campa(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Photograph: Getty

Nick Williams looks to have played his last game for Ulster after it was announced he will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. The nu(...)

Tommy Bowe offloads on his scoring return for Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Zebre 17 Ulster 47 This was an opportunity that Ulster simply couldn’t afford to turn down, in both the scramble for the playoffs and a place at Euro(...)

Craig Gilroy (left) and Tommy Bowe come in to the Ulster side for their Pro12 game against Zebre in Parma. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho.

Zebre v Ulster, Stadio Lanfranchi, Parma, Satuirday, 4pm Irish time (BBC 1) Ulster, like so many teams on this taut run-in for a home semi-final pl(...)

Tommy Bowe returns for Ulster on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Tommy Bowe is set to make his first Ulster appearance of the season against Zebre on Saturday. Bowe missed Ireland’s Six Nations campaign after picki(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy has impressed this season and is in Joe Schmidt’s training squad. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named his 44-man training squad for the summer’s tour to South Africa - with neither Tommy Bowe or Luke Fitzgerald(...)