Ulster’s Rob Lyttle tries to run through the attempted tackle by Guglielmo Palazzani of Zebre during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the Kingspan stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Ulster 22 Zebre 7 On a dreadful night for rugby in Belfast, Ulster got the job done with an expected but still fairly laboured victory over Zebre. D(...)

Johnny  Sexton, Joe Schmidt and Jacob Stockdale at Ireland training on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Italy v Ireland, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Sunday 4pm local time/3pm Irish. On TV: Live on ITV (UK), Virgin Media (Ireland). Ireland haven’t hit their s(...)

Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn touches down for one of his three tries  against Italy at Murrayfield. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland 33 Italy 20 Blair Kinghorn scored Scotland’s first ever Six Nations hat-trick as they kicked-off this year’s tournament with a 33-20 win ove(...)

Jordan Larmour scores Ireland’s  fourth try during the match against Italy in Chicago. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 54 Italy 7 Italian job done yet again. It may have taken a while but as so often happens in modern rugby the superior team reaps its rewards (...)

Connacht’s Niyi Adeolokun scores a try against Zebre. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Connacht 32 Zebre 13 Paul Boyle’s first-half brace of tries put Connacht on course for a 32-13 bonus-point win over Zebre at a rain-hit Sportsground.(...)

Gerbrandt Grobler made his competitive Munster debut in the Guinness Pro 14 game against Zebre at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster 33 Zebre 5 Gerbrandt Grobler, who served a two-year ban for taking performance enhancing drugs, made his competitive debut for Munster as the(...)

Simon Zebo in action for Munster against Zebre. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Zebre 19 Munster 36 This was the perfect way for Johann van Graan to ease his way into the top job in Munster, standing back and taking a watching br(...)

Talismanic captain Peter O’Mahony returns to action for Munster after almost five months on the sidelines. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster v Zebre. Thomond Park, 5pm. Clashing with the All-Ireland football final replay and without live TV coverage, Peter O’Mahony returns to acti(...)

Tommy Bowe offloads on his scoring return for Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Zebre 17 Ulster 47 This was an opportunity that Ulster simply couldn’t afford to turn down, in both the scramble for the playoffs and a place at Euro(...)

Wales wing George North runs in their fifth try during the Six Nations  match against  Italy at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Wales 67 Italy 14 Wales secured runners-up spot in this season’s Six Nations Championship after running riot against outclassed visitors Italy in Car(...)

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