Connacht and the IRFU have announced that John Muldoon has signed a new contract for the 2017/18 season. The latest deal will extend Muldoon's professional career at the province to an impressive 15 seasons. This current season marks his sixth as captain of the westerners.
Ulster have today announced the capture of South African international Arno Botha, who will move to Belfast following the conclusion of the 2017 Super Rugby campaign. He will join the province on a two-year deal.
Ulster found themselves all but eliminated from the European Champions Cup at the end of a pulsating encounter at Sandy Park where two tries from Charles Piutau and one from Sean Reidy fell short of taming a rampant Exeter Chiefs side.
Munster will win Pool 1 with a game to go if they can triumph at Scotstoun Stadium this evening. Having missed out on the Champions Cup knockout stages in the past two seasons, it would be a major step forward for the province.
If Leinster can avenge their October defeat in Montpellier, they will secure top spot in Pool 4 and book their place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Leo Cullen's men open round 5 at home to the second-placed French side who are five points behind them.