Munster's new purpose built High Performance Centre at the University of Limerick is open for business with the centre marking a new era for the province as the squad look to reap the rewards from their first ever single training base.
Saracens, last season's winners of an historic Champions Cup and Aviva Premiership double, will get their 2016/17 European campaign underway with a truly heavyweight clash with three-time champions Toulon at Stade Félix Mayol on Saturday, October 15.
Philip Browne, Chief Executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union, has warned that the IRFU can no longer be the 'lender of last resort' for the professional game as the governing body does not have the capacity to absorb ever increasing player wage inflation.
The Irish Rugby Football Union provided an unbudgeted additional 1 million euro in the 2015/16 season to the provinces (250,000 euro each) to assist with the difficulties experienced by all in the player contracting market.
Elverys Intersport, one of Ireland's leading sports retailers with 58 stores nationwide, are the new title sponsors and official retail partners of Connacht Rugby. The new three-year deal will re-establish Elverys' relationship with Connacht Rugby dating back to 2005.