Connacht’s Danie Poolman tackled by Edinburgh’s Nick McLennan and Phil Burleigh at Murrayfield.  Photograph: Russell Cheyne / Inpho

Edinburgh 13 Connacht 14Connacht scored their second success in the Guinness Pro12 after coming from behind to achieve what was in the end a deserved (...)

Attention has been drawn to Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw, who many believe should be Ireland’s next number 13. Photograph: Inpho.

Fast out of the blocks Pat Lam’s positivity and his injection of vitality into this young Connacht side has already set up a season full of promise. (...)

 Munster’s Simon Zebo tackled by WP Nel and Ollie Atkins of Edinburgh at Thomond Park Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Munster 13 Edinburgh 14 The Anthony Foley era got off to a disappointing start at a poorly attended Thomond Park as they struggled to recover f(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip on the charge against Edinburgh at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 15 (Tries: Murphy, D Kearney. Pen: Gopperth. Con: Gopperth), Edinburgh 13 (Try: Visser. Pens: Laidlaw (2). Con: Laidlaw)An odious argument. N(...)

Sean O’Brien: will make his  first appearance since he suffered a shoulder injury  against Ulster in December when Leinster take on Edinburgh at the RDS Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There was some scepticism when Leinster coach Matt O’Connor said recently that Sean O’Brien was hoping to be available for Ireland’s tour to Argentina(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony in action against Gloucester. The side have huge motivation to claim a home Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sometimes, the hits and the crowd expectation and the gasp-for-breath toughness of European rugby are the easy part of the day. It’s the other stuff t(...)

Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll in action against Northampton Saints in their Heineken Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium last weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Break time for some; for others the grind continues. Most internationals go into hibernation as Six Nations preparations commence but Brian O’Driscoll(...)

Toulon’s Jonny Wilkinson lifts the Heineken Cup with Joe van Niekerk at the Aviva Stasdium.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster, Munster and Ulster will avoid the big three French sides in the pool stages of the Heineken Cup next season after the ERC confirmed the t(...)