Munster’s Keith Earls hands off Cian Healy of Leinster during a derby game. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

You name it: Crusaders v Chiefs, Leicester v Northampton, Bath v Gloucester or Bristol, Clermont v Toulouse, the Parisien derby, Sharks v Bulls, Warat(...)

Leo Cullen’s calmness under pressure meant he usually made the right calls in a game, especially at the lineout. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Smyth, a team-mate of Leo Cullen’s from their under-10 days at Willow Park through their years together on the Blackrock Dream Team and then Lei(...)

Alan Quinlan believes referee Alain Rolland was wrong to award a penalty against Paul O’Connell and issue him with a yellow card, and thus deny Munster at least a bonus point, Quinlan believes, in theirRabo Direct Pro 12 29-19 defeat against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There’s no denying I was a bit frustrated on television the other night after Ulster’s win over Munster. I ended up causing a bit of a stir for what I(...)

Newcastle  Falcons outhalf Jimmy Gopperth will join up with Leinster next season. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Apart from the traditional glut of players retiring, moving, coming and going, the season’s end is also heavily nuanced by the changing of the guard a(...)

Ronan O’Gara (right) and Jonny Sexton (left), former provincial rivals grappling for the international number 10 jersey, will join up as coach and player at Racing Metro 92. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland outhalf Jonathan Sexton was not aware until yesterday that his predecessor Ronan O’Gara will be joining him at Racing Metro 92 next sea(...)

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar scores a try on their way to  victory over Cardiff last Friday night to secure a Pro 12  semi-final place at home at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Is the one-time Celtic/Magners League now coming of age in its guise of the Rabo Direct Pro 12, or at any rate finding its feet? The League has(...)