Ulster have received a boost with the news that captain Rory Best has signed a new two-year contract to stay with the province. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Guinness Pro12 League Leinster v Ulster RDS, Friday, 7.35pm TG4, BBC NI It’s almost remarkable to think that these two were con(...)

Rory Best in training for Ulster. Photo: Matt Mackey/Inpho
Rory Best pens new deal at Ulster
  • Pro12
  • November 26, 2015, 15:20

Rory Best has signalled his intent to see out his career at home province Ulster by signing a new dual Ireland contract that runs until 2018.(...)

Ian Madigan and Jack McGrath both start for Leinster against Ulster on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Leo Cullen has radically revamped his team and replacements for tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 derby against Ulster at the RDS with the return of (...)

 Josh van der Flier breaks through to score Leinster’s try during the  Champions Cup loss to Bath  at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Leinster didn’t get out of their Pool in the 2007/08 season. After defeat in Toulouse and then Edinburgh, the European campaign was effectively over b(...)

Leinster’s Seán Cronin is looking forward to coming up against Ulster’s Rory Best this weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster sat down and had what might constitute an emergency meeting after their second pool defeat in Europe last week. The squad met on Sunday fol(...)

Ashford Castle in winter

Make hay in Cork If you’ve been responsible for feeding the troops all over Christmas, it’s time to sit back and let someone else do the cookin(...)

Jamie Heaslip dejected after Leinster’s 19-16 defeat away to Bath in the European Rugby Champions Cup second round at weekend. Province is now 33/1 to win pool. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The opening skirmishes do not exactly portray the Guinness Pro12 in a particularly favourable light. Six defeats out of six games against Top 14 and P(...)

Luke Fitzgerald in action against Bath: “I’d say absolutely not; the last thing we need is a break. We need to throw ourselves into it at this stage.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Luke Fitzgerald is firm in his belief that the last thing Leinster’s Ireland squad members need is a break following their exertions at the Ru(...)

Bath drive over on their way to a penalty try in their European Champions Cup victory over Leinster at the Recreation Ground, Bath, on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The numbers brook no argument. Leinster conceded seven penalties at the scrum, according to the official figures, one of which was adjudged to merit a(...)

Mike Ford, the Bath director of rugby looks on during the Champions Cup match between Bath and Leinster at the Recreation Ground on November 21st, 2015 in Bath, England. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Mike Ford, the former Irish and English defensive coach who is now proving quite a dab hand at the attacking stuff in his guise as head coach at upwa(...)