Leinster’s Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Guinness Pro 14 trophy after the victory over Ulster in the final at the Aviva Stadium in September. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The reaction to the probability of the four South African Super Rugby franchises joining an expanded Pro 16 has been mixed. By and large, the response(...)

Ulster’s Ian Madigan celebrates his team’s comeback win in Edinburgh. Photograph: PA

Ulster 22 Edinburgh 19 Cometh the hour cometh Ian Madigan. That’s’ the only way to explain Ulster’s unbelievable recovery to somehow find safe passag(...)

 Ulster coach Dan McFarland: ”I have a love of the contact, of collective speed, that the system lasts longer at a persistent speed than the opposition.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are several ways to interpret Ulster’s awful restart. They appear to be mired in pre-season mode. At least the halfbacks cannot mess up the fund(...)

Jacob Stockdale is a doubt for Ulster’s Pro 14 semi-final clash with Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s not exactly how Ulster would have envisaged their approach towards Saturday evening’s Pro 14 semi-final with Edinburgh at Murrayfield (kick-off 7(...)

Scottish rubgy stars such as Stuart Hogg are facing pay cuts. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Scotland’s higher-earning players have been asked to take pay cuts amid fears of a £12 million (€14m) shortfall caused by the potential postponement o(...)

Connacht’s Shane Delahunt will be in action against Edinburgh on Friday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Edinburgh v Connacht, Murrayfield, Friday, 7.35pm - Live on Eir Sports Xtra & Premier Sports Connacht are facing a challenging task when they fac(...)

Dave Kearney of Leinster scores one of his hat-trick of tries against Benetton at Treviso on September 28th. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Leinster v Edinburgh, RDS, Dublin 7.35pm - Live on Eir Sport, Premier Sports Dave Kearney, who scored a hat-trick of tries against Benetton in the op(...)

Dave Rennie has signed a contract extension with the Glasgow Warriors. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Glasgow coach Dave Rennie has put an end to rumours linking him with the Australia job by committing himself to another year with the Warriors. The f(...)

 Munster’s Keith Earls celebrates scoring their first try with teammates in the province’s narrow Champions Cup quarter-final win over Edinburgh in  Murrayfield Stadium, Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Edinburgh 13 Munster 17 The result tends to initially shape the contours of reflection, softening the edges, so it was unsurprising that the overwhel(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan celebrates the victory  over Edinburgh  at Murrayfield with his son Wyatt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster’s resilience and ability to absorb setbacks and still find the wherewithal to confirm a third Champions Cup semi-final in succession is a prec(...)

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