Wayne Barnes will be the man in the middle for Leinster’s European Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon on Sunday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Played 6, won 3, drawn 0, lost 3.Leinster results when Wayne Barnes has refereed their matches since they won their first Heineken Cup in 2009. 2009-(...)

Paul O’Connell captained Ireland to  Six Nations Championshps success. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will compete with Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw and Jonathan Sexton for the accolade of the the Hibernia College IRUPA (...)

Declan Fitzpatrick scoring a try against the Dragons. The tighthead who was strong in the scrum and a marauding presence in the loose made 98 appearances for Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

(...), following Bernard Jackman (2010), John Fogarty (2010) and David Quinlan (2007) to name three other Ireland(...)

Leinster secondrow Kane Douglas has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a back injury. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster secondrow Kane Douglas won’t play again this season after being diagnosed with a back problem that will require surgery. The Australian inter(...)

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(...)

Gordon D’Arcy: “All I can worry about is the next game. That’s all I can control. If I play my best game there, and that gets me into the team, great. If I play my best game and it doesn’t get me into the team, I’ve done all I can.”

Ageism is perhaps more prevalent in sport than any other way of life. Field athletes, for the most part, are viewed suspiciously when they enter th(...)

Fergus McFadden is following return-to-play protocols after getting  head injury during Leinster’s victory over Bath in the Champions Cup quarter-final

Leinster are likely to be without wing Fergus McFadden and secondrow Kane Douglas for Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 match against the Newport Gwent Dragons (...)

Bundee Aki has been passed fit for Connacht’s match against Ulster next weekend.

Connacht coach Pat Lam was able to enjoy a largely positive medical prognosis ahead of Saturday’s crucial Guinness Pro12 game against Ulster at the Sp(...)

Jonathan Joseph burst onto the international scene in this season’s Six Nations Championship, finishing it as the top try scorer. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) captain Chris Robshaw, Millfield. His rugby coach John Mallett recommended him to London Irish and it was(...)