From left, Glasgow Warriors’ Tommy Seymour, Munster’s Donncha O’Callaghan, Leinster’s Kevin McLaughlin, holding the Pro12 trophy, Ospreys’ Tyler Ardron and Ulster’s Rory Best  at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The gathering at the Kingspan Stadium was about promoting the Guinness Pro12’s run-in and the Belfast final, but there was no avoiding the European Ch(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor gambled on resting 12 of the starting line-up against Bath for the trip to the Dragons. Photograph: Ian Cook

Many Leinster fans would yesterday have awoken to the radio advertising campaign promoting the province’s season ticket sales. Coming hard on the heel(...)

Lucasz Zawadzki prepares to go kite surfing on Dollymount strand in Dublin last week.  Photograph: PA

A spell of mainly bright, warm weather is in store for most of the country from midweek after a weekend of strong winds and heavy showers. Met Éireann(...)

Donnacha Ryan makes a break for Munster against Edinburgh at Murrayfield. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster’s hopes of achieving success in the Pro12 play-offs were boosted by a thumping bonus-point win over Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday.The m(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor at Rodney Parade where his side were beaten by Newport Gwent Dragons. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Leinster’s hopes of reaching the play-offs of the Guinness Pro12 were all but extinguished for the first time since their inception in the 2009-10 se(...)

Keith Earls scored one of Munster’s five tries against Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

Edinburgh 3 Munster 34Munster closed the gap on Guinness PRO12 leaders Glasgow with a 34-3 victory in a one-sided game against Edinburgh at Murrayfiel(...)

Ulster’s Ireland contingent of Iain Henderson, Jared Payne, Rory Best and Tommy Bowe do a selfie after the Six Nations Championship win against Scotland at Murrayfield last month. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Ulster travel to the Sportsground this Saturday knowing that for their hosts, Connacht, focusing on rugby will be a relief given the events of the las(...)

Jocelino Suta of Toulon wins the lineout during last year’s Heineken Cup semi-final between the French side and Munster at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Photoraph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

The French air traffic controllers strike due to take place on Thursday, April 16th, to Saturday, April 18th, is not expected to affect scheduled Aer(...)

Cork 2-20 Limerick 1-13 Cork came from seven points down to register an emphatic victory over the holders Limerick in the first round of the Mu(...)

 Francis Saili in action for the Auckland Blues. A potential centre partnership with Keith Earls at Munster is mouth-watering. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

The signings of Charles Piutau by Ulster and Francis Saili by Munster are obviously a response to the poor seasons both clubs have had. People have be(...)