Leinster 21 Connacht 11
Expectations that this offered Connacht a rare chance of victory in Dublin were franked by events in Ballsbridge last night, but Leinster did just enough to fend off their provincial cousins in a thoroughly enjoyable Guinness Pro12 Christmas meeting.
Glasgow Warriors and Munster are in the same frame of mind going into today’s top of the table Guinness Pro 12 encounter at Scotstoun, kick-off 2.40.More
If there is one person Ulster have missed more than any other during an injury-plagued 2014, it has been their cultured scrum-half Ruan Pienaar.More
Cork Constitution 17 Dolphin 6
Heartbreak for Dolphin at Temple Hill as Constitution kept their Top Four hopes of qualifying for the Ulster Bank League semi finals alive with a backs to the wall performance.
Shannon 17 Garryowen 34
Third- placed Garryowen fought their way back into the promotion race in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League at Thomond Park last night when beating Limerick rivals Shannon.
The outcome of the lunchtime clash with last year’s beaten finalists Saracens on their all-weather pitch on Saturday, January 17 will decided Munster’s fate in the European Champions Cup.More
Stephen Archer recently signed a three-year renewal of his Munster contract.More
Pro12 title holders Leinster have made seven changes to their starting line-up as they aim to begin the traditional Christmas interprovincial period with victory over Connacht at the RDS tonight.More
Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton will miss the start of the Six Nations next February after being sidelined for three months on medical grounds following a number of concussions this year.More
There was a time when full-backs or others in defensive positions got a clap on the back when they found a long, relieving touch.More
All Black great Dan Carter said the sheer quality of the players in France’s Top 14 was a key reason in him joining Racing Metro — but money was undoubtedly a factor too.More
Munster are keeping their fingers crossed that two experienced Irish Internationals, Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan, will be available for their European Champions Cup games against Saracens and Sale Sharks next month.More
New Zealand legend Dan Carter is set to be unveiled as Jonathan Sexton’s replacement at Racing Metro this morning.More
Toulon’s former Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni has received a suspended four-match ban after he admitted a misconduct complaint, European Professional Club Rugby has announced.More
The Munster Senior Cup final between Cork Constitution and Garryowen will be played at Musgrave Park on Saturday, December 27 with a 2.30pm kick-off.More
Dublin-born winger Matt Healy is hoping Connacht can do the double over Leinster for the first time ever in the history of the league.More