The IRFU and Munster Rugby can today confirm that Paul O'Connell will retire from international rugby at the end of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The Ireland captain will be released from his IRFU Munster contract once Ireland's participation at the tournament is completed.
Leinster Rugby have today announced that scrum coach Marco Caputo has left the province with immediate effect. The former Australian international informed the Leinster Professional Game Board of his decision to leave at a meeting earlier this week.
The GUINNESS PRO12 final has a neutral venue for the first time as Kingspan Stadium, the home of Ulster Rugby, plays host to the two most consistent teams during the regular season - table toppers Glasgow Warriors and second-placed Munster.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team to face Glasgow Warriors in Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 final at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 6.30pm), making a number of tactical and injury-enforced changes to the side that defeated the Ospreys.
The Munster squad completed an overnight camp with a pitch session in Thomond Park today having gathered in Limerick yesterday to prepare for the upcoming GUINNESS PRO12 final against Glasgow Warriors.
Munster are chasing a fourth GUINNESS PRO12 title and their first since they won the final against Leinster at Thomond Park in 2011. That was their most recent appearance in a major final and was their fifth successive victory in the final of all competitions they have contested.
Ulster fell at the penultimate hurdle in the GUINNESS PRO12 play-offs for the second year in a row, losing tonight's semi-final by two points to Glasgow Warriors who qualify for their second consecutive final.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team for Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final against the Ospreys at Thomond Park (kick-off 2.30pm), with returning captain Peter O'Mahony and winger Simon Zebo both fit to start.