Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson runs in a try late in the  Guinness Pro 12 victory over Leinster at  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 30 Leinster 6 Ulster put one foot into the play-offs, and ensured Leinster will have to beat Treviso next Saturday if they are to ensure a hom(...)

Ulster’s Iain Henderson celebrates a try with Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson. “You need to have good team-mates and be in good teams.” Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Inpho

Iain Henderson sits down at the top table in the Kingspan Stadium’s media room which he has requisitioned for our interview and admits he has never be(...)

 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(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls contests the ball with with Edinburgh’s Damien Hoyland and Jason Tovey during the Guiness pro 12 game at Musgrave Park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Anthony Foley praised his players for holding their nerve to claim what could prove a priceless bonus-point 27-19 win over Edinburgh in Cork on Friday(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores a try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Edinburgh. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 27 Edinburgh 19 The faithful turned up and Munster’s bravery was rewarded. Playing with more ambition and cutting edge, Munster were full val(...)

Paddy Jackson: “Whether it’s Johnny or Mads, we’re going up against each other, but . . .I’ll just be trying to focus on my own game.” Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye/Inpho

By and large, this season has seen Paddy Jackson’s Test career stall a tad. But his development as an outhalf has progressed significantly, and, lest(...)

Tommy O’Donnell rises high with Robbie Henshaw during Munster’s loss to Connacht at the Sportsground in April. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

For Munster, tomorrow night’s meeting with Edinburgh constitutes the point of no return in an increasingly troubled season. With their very European C(...)

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(...)

CJ Stander takes on Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip: “We are looking forward to Friday night.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster have had two weeks to initially stew over the sound beating which Connacht meted out to them before turning their attentions to what Anthony F(...)

Ulster captain Rory Best: “I do think when we get our strongest side out we are very tough to beat.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As ever with Ulster, Leinster loom large on their horizon as we reach the business end of the season. They have only won one of the sides’ last seven(...)