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(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave will make his 222nd appearance for the province.

Ulster v Zebre, Kingspan stadium (Saturday, 7.35, live on Premier Sports) This represents a huge match for Ulster in the context of the race for play(...)

Italy’s fly half Tommaso Allan runs on his way to score a try during their international rugby union test match against Georgia in Florence last November.  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Mere mention of Michael Bradley provides a reminder of uncomplicated amateur rugby days. Bradley was Ireland’s scrumhalf more often than not from(...)

 Ireland may win the Six Nations but back-to-back Grand Slams are unlikely.

Gerry Thornley Who will win/will there be a Grand Slam? Ireland are the most efficient and dependable machine, although whether this biennial schedu(...)

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