Ruan Pienaar: bracing himself for a tough test against Montpellier in France.

The last three weeks have passed in a run of weekly declarations, as if Ulster have been building up an arsenal. One by one the cast from Ravenhill ha(...)

Ulster and Ireland international scrumhalf Paul Marshall has committed to the province after signing a three-year extension to his contract. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Brian O’Driscoll is unlikely to be fit for Leinster’s second round Heineken Cup match against Castres at the weekend, but South African fullback Zane (...)

South Africa’s Zane Kirchner (centre) could debut for Leinster against Castres this week. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South African Zane Kirchner will be available to Leinster when Castres come to visit on Saturday, after his arrival in Dublin last week.The versatile (...)

  Ulster’s Tommy Bowe. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After recovering from a dead leg, Tommy Bowe has been named in the Ulster side to face Leicester Tigers in their opening Heineken Cup fixture at Ra(...)

Richie McCaw poses during the New Zealand  captain’s run at Ellis Park. It will be the flanker’s first game at the ground on Saturday.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw will fulfil a boyhood ambition when he leads the All Blacks out in their final Rugby Championship match against South(...)

The All Blacks will take on South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday

There are very few stadiums around the world where the All Blacks fear to tread, but New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu admits there are few quite as in(...)

Seán O’Brien at a Leinster squad training session at UCD, Dublin, yesterday ahead of Saturday’s clash against Munster. Photograph: Inpho

What may shape Leinster coach Matt O’Connor’s decision-making process is not who is match-fit for Saturday evening’s match against Munster but who al(...)

Israel Folau scored Australia’s try in The Rugby Championship victory over Argentina in Perth. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Australia 14 Argentina 13: Australia made hard work of it but snapped a four-match losing streak with a narrow one-point victory over Argentina to dra(...)

South Africa’s  Bismarck Du Plessis  hits New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter  during The Rugby Championship match  at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph: Sandra Mu/Getty Images

New Zealand 29 South Africa 15: Two tries from captain Kieran Read helped New Zealand grab the lead in the Rugby Championship on Saturday after a 29-1(...)

Wallabies captain Will Genia: the out-of-form scrumhalf has been dropped to the bench for Saturday’s Test against Argentina. Photograph: Getty Images

Leicester chairman Peter Tom has insisted top English and French clubs are not trying “to run off with the gold” after announcing plans for a major ne(...)

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