Jim Gavin’s Dublin are challenging for their third league title in a row but no longer possess the aura of invincibility that developed around the side last year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hindsight is everything but there may have been times over the usual winter ruminations when Jim Gavin and his Dublin players must have wondered if wi(...)

Leinster’s 26-10 defeat to Ulster at Ravenhill has all but eneded their hopes of a Pro 12 play-off spot. Photograph: Inpho

Matt O’Connor accepted that Leinster’s Pro12 campaign and with it their season is all but over after this latest defeat. “It’s going to be very hard f(...)

Craig Gilroy dives over for Ulsters second score in their 26-10 win over Leinster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 26 Leinster 10Ulster set up a third Irish derby in a row at home to Munster two weeks’ hence, in a match that could decide home advantage in th(...)

Donnacha Ryan hasn’t started a game for Munster in 13 months. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Head Coach Anthony Foley has named his side to face Benetton Treviso and Donnacha Ryan is among the starting fifteen for the first time in 13 month(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt feels that Leinster should be doing better with the international talent available to them. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish head coach Joe Schmidt says that Leinster should be looking a little closer to home when analysing their disappointing form this season. The for(...)

New Zealand-born Tom McCartney is one of Connacht’s more seasoned players. Photograph: James Crosbie.

Connacht hooker Tom McCartney has come up against some of the world’s top frontrows in his seven years playing Super rugby Down Under, but it is Irela(...)

Jamie Heaslip in training with the Leinster squad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster v Leinster Ravenhill, Friday, 7.35pm BBC 2, Sky Sports 5 Changes were inevitable in such a short time frame but after some specific errors at(...)

Ian Madigan has been dropped for Leinster’s must win Pro 12 game against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

In what could be seen as a boost to Gordon D’Arcy’s hopes of making Ireland’s World Cup squad,  Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has taken the dec(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney if tackled by Matt Giteau of Toulon during the European Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Velodrome, Marseille. Photograph: Billy Stickland.

Cian Healy remains a doubt due to shoulder damage but Matt O’Connor has intimated a similar team to the one that lost narrowly in Marseille on Sunday (...)

Tommy Bowe is happy to be back with Ulster after a spell with the Ospreys. Photograph: Inpho

The era of stitching gold stars into provincial jerseys has been replaced by Six Nations titles. While Joe Schmidt’s team is thriving, the task of wi(...)