Stephen Aboud is in lockdown in Parma, where we works with the Federazione Italian Rugby. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Italy is in lockdown having been ravaged by the coronavirus, but it must still be eerie to walk down the Strada della Repubblica, one of the main thor(...)

Zebre has extended his stay with Zebre until the summer of 2022. Photograph:   Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Former Connacht coach Michael Bradley has extended his contract as Zebre head coach until the summer of 2022. The former Munster and Ireland scrumhal(...)

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(...)

Gary Halpin gives a two fingered salute after Ireland scored a try against New Zealand. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Whatever about this featuring in Ireland’s standout World Cup moments, the fact that it is also included on one particular New Zealand rugby website a(...)

Dan McFarland: “Rory [Best] won’t be fit this week but we are hoping that he’ll be fit for the quarter-final.” Photograph: Craig Watson/Inphpo

Although Saturday is a dead rubber for both sides – with much-altered line-ups expected – there was little prospect of Ulster head coach Dan McFarland(...)

Connacht’s Peter Robb is tackled by Joshua Renton and Renato Giammarioli of Zebre during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

Zebre 5 Connacht 6 A hard-earned one-point win over Zebre was sufficient, if not inspiring, for Connacht to maintain their primary seasonal aim of a (...)

Munster’s Darren Sweetnam scores a try in their Guinness Pro14 match against Zebre in Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster 31 Zebre 12 Munster coach Johann van Graan said it is a boost having versatile back rower Jack O’Donoghue available again, but strongly hinte(...)

Munster  head coach Johann van Graan has made seven changes to the squad. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Munster v Zebre  Thomond Park (7.45, live on TG4, Eir Sport, Premier Sports) Jack O’Donoghue will make his first start in his second appearance (...)

Jackie Duddy Jackie Duddy (17) was born at Springtown camp, one of a family of 15. He worked at a local factory, but his passion was boxing (...)

Ulster’s Rob Lyttle scores a try against Zebre. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Ulster 54 Zebre 7 A first half hat-trick from Rob Herring, all from driving mauls, helped Ulster on their way to only their third try bonus of the Pr(...)

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