Scotland’s Sean Lamont is the only player to retain his place after last weekend’s win over Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

John Barclay will make his first Scotland start since November 2013 after being named in the team to face Italy in Saturday’s third World Cup warm-(...)

Phil MacKenzie, who was impressive in the recent World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, has been named in Canada’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Kieran Crowley has named his 31-man Canada squad for Rugby World Cup 2015, one that contains 18 players who have never experienced the global tourname(...)

Anhtony Foley believes last year’s pro 12 final defeat will make Munster stronger this time out. Photograph: Inpho

The disappointment of losing last season’s Guinness Pro12 final will be a galvanising force for Munster ahead of the new campaign that begins in a for(...)

Ireland’s provinces in the Champions Cup draw will be hoping to avoid three-in-a-row champions Toulon. Photograph: Getty

The draws for the 2015-2016 Champions Cups and European Challenge Cup will be made in Neuchatel, Switzerland , at 1.15pm today and be viewed live on e(...)

 Face off: Munster captain  Denis Hurley and Glasgow Warriors’ captain Josh Strauss   ahead of today’s Guinness Pro12 final in  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It wasn’t quite meant to be like this, for Ulster desperately wanted to showcase their team as well as their impressively redeveloped home ground. Bu(...)

Glasgow outhalf Finn Russell converts DTH van der Merwe’s late try to put his side in the lead in their Guinness Pro 12 game against Ulster at Scotstown. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors 16 Ulster 14 Glasgow Warriors booked their place in the final of the Guinness Pro12 after defeating favourites Ulster in a thrilling (...)

Ulster have made 11 changes for the Pro12 semi-final. Photo: Russell Pritchard/Inpho

Ulster have welcomed back 11 players who did not feature in last weekend’s defeat against Glasgow, for their Pro12 semi-final against the same opposit(...)

Rob Herring has been cited for an alleged stamping incident. Photo: Russell Pritchard/Inpho

Ulster hooker Rob Herring could miss next weekend’s Pro12 semi final having been cited for an alleged stamp during last Friday night’s defeat to Glasg(...)

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 (...)

“You could say this is our toughest game of the season,” said Connacht coach Pat Lam. “It’s up to us to go out and perform as a team.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht’s most compelling league campaign ever has arguably been the story of the Pro12 season, although the wheels appear to have come off their au(...)