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Stewart Moore: his   silky elegance, footwork and distribution offer a different set of skills to the absent Stuart McCloskey and Ulster will need to tailor their game plan accordingly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Northampton Saints v Ulster, Franklin’s Gardens, Sunday 3.15pm (Live on BT Sport) Robert Baloucoune returns but the absence of John Cooney, Iain Hend(...)

Shayne Bolton at Connacht rugby squad training  in Galway. Photograph:   ©INPHO/James Crombie

United Rugby Championship: Connacht v Ospreys Kick-off: 7.35pm, Friday. Venue: Sportsground, Galway. On TV: Live on RTÉ 2, Premier Sports. It’s been(...)

 Munster Head Coach Johann Van Graan: ‘For me personally I never thought that Munster would play the Bulls.’

Up until last Friday Munster had been expected to play the Bulls and the Lions in Italy, with plans at an advanced stage by the United Rugby Champions(...)

Munster players during Tuesday’s training session at UL. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Whereas Stuart Lancaster has indicated Leinster may rest their remaining three Lions for Friday’s dead rubber against the Dragons in light of Andrew P(...)

Johann van Graan: “A lot of younger players are getting opportunities.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster v Ospreys, Thomond Park, Sunday, 2.45, live on Eir Sport and TG4) Munster coach Johann van Graan expects a tough tussle having watched the O(...)

Ulster skills coach Dan Soper: ‘We thought it was important to draw a line in the sand and actually have a change.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster’s annual early season refrain, albeit this year in October, has been that this time it will be different. A stream of young players lining out (...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan goes down with an injury during the victory over Ulster last weekend.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Following a scan for a hamstring injury, JJ Hanrahan remains a serious doubt for Munster as they face into their first European Champions Cup match ag(...)

Connacht’s Peter Robb celebrates scoring his teams second try of the game. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

Ospreys 10 Connacht 20 Connacht maintained their winning momentum when grabbing a hard-earned win against the Ospreys at Liberty Stadium on Saturday (...)

Cardiff’s Gareth Anscombe: his contract with Blues expires in the summer. Photograph: Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gareth Anscombe will leave Cardiff Blues at the end of the season to join their Pro14 rivals Ospreys. The Wales outhalf, 27, had been offered a new co(...)

Scarlets have detailed the timeline which led to the latest announcement on the proposed merger being off. Photograph: Athena Pictures/Getty Images

The Scarlets and the Ospreys have both opened talks with their players who are out of contract at the end of the season after the proposed merger betw(...)

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