Jamie Heaslip in training with the Leinster squad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster v Leinster Ravenhill, Friday, 7.35pm BBC 2, Sky Sports 5 Changes were inevitable in such a short time frame but after some specific errors at(...)

Ian Madigan has been dropped for Leinster’s must win Pro 12 game against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

In what could be seen as a boost to Gordon D’Arcy’s hopes of making Ireland’s World Cup squad,  Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has taken the dec(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney if tackled by Matt Giteau of Toulon during the European Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Velodrome, Marseille. Photograph: Billy Stickland.

Cian Healy remains a doubt due to shoulder damage but Matt O’Connor has intimated a similar team to the one that lost narrowly in Marseille on Sunday (...)

Tommy Bowe is happy to be back with Ulster after a spell with the Ospreys. Photograph: Inpho

The era of stitching gold stars into provincial jerseys has been replaced by Six Nations titles. While Joe Schmidt’s team is thriving, the task of wi(...)

Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage  collides with Cian Healy during the European Champions Cup  semi final  in Marseille. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Wales, then Toulon. Seán O’Brien and defeat sit uncomfortably in the same room. His frustrations were audible on Wayne Barnes’s microphone in Cardiff(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor speaking to the press ahead of his side’s Pro12 clash with Ulster in Ravenhill. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Matt O’Connor believes the Ireland player management scheme has contributed to Leinster’s perilous position in the Pro 12.Lose to Ulster on Friday and(...)

Leinster prop Marty Moore looks set to miss the rest of the season as he is due to undergo a second surgery this season on a shoulder injury. Photo:    Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Marty Moore’s season appears to be over after damaging his shoulder against Toulon. The 24-year-old requires a second surgery since October, with the(...)

Munster’s first Irish captain Jim McCarthy has passed away at the age of 91. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jim McCarthy, Munster’s first Ireland captain, has passed away aged 91.The great Dolphin flanker won 28 international caps starting in 1948 when he c(...)

Ulster and Leinster face off in Ravenhill this weekend. Photograph: Inpho.

Moving swiftly along, the Pro 12 has never had it so good. Not a single team is distracted by European rugby and almost every game in these last thre(...)

Bryan Habana vies for a high ball with Fergus McFadden, who is out for the rest of the season with a thumb injury. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Besides Zane Kirchner replacing Fergus McFadden, it’s unlikely that Matt O’Connor will make any changes to the Leinster side that lost so valiantly to(...)