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.(...)

Craig Gilroy (left) and Tommy Bowe come in to the Ulster side for their Pro12 game against Zebre in Parma. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho.

Zebre v Ulster, Stadio Lanfranchi, Parma, Satuirday, 4pm Irish time (BBC 1) Ulster, like so many teams on this taut run-in for a home semi-final pl(...)

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes from his side that lost to Scotland.

Rookie outhalf Edoardo Padovani has earned the right to leapfrog Kelly Haimona and lead Italy’s backline against Ireland on Saturday, according to he(...)

Rob Herring returns to captain Ulster against Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

Rory Scholes starts on the right wing for Ulster against Zebre on Friday night, just two days after it was announced he is leaving the province for Ed(...)

Mick Kearney starts for Leinster against Zebre. Photograph: Inpho

With the core of his squad away on international duty Leo Cullen has named a relatively inexperienced side for Sunday’s trip to play Zebre. With Co(...)

Munster’s Ian Keatley is tackled by Kelly Haimona of Zebre during the Guinness Pro 12  in  Parma. Photograph:  Francesca Soli/Inpho

Zebre 12 Munster 16 If this season is ever to be recalled by Munster historians any self-respecting recounting might be inclined to gloss over the 80(...)