PRO12 Rugby has announced that GUINNESS will continue as title sponsor of the GUINNESS PRO12 Rugby Championship for another four years until 2020, continuing the strong partnership with the competition that began in 2014.
Nick McCarthy notched a brace of tries as Leinster held off a strong final quarter surge from Gloucester to take a 26-24 verdict in this afternoon's Bank of Ireland pre-season friendly at Tallaght Stadium.
It may have been an August pre-season encounter but one could be forgiven for thinking it was late November with unseasonable wintry conditions greeting the 2,300-plus support base in Waterford tonight for the first round of the Kearys Renault Series.
Les Kiss has named an exciting squad for Ulster's pre-season trip to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday (Sandy Park, kick-off 3pm). The fixture will give Kiss an opportunity to assess some of his more experienced players, along with some Hughes Insurance Academy graduates.
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have announced the contract extension of Ireland international Finlay Bealham. The 24-year-old prop, who was first capped for Ireland during this year's RBS 6 Nations, has signed a new contract that will see him play at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2019.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has announced the starting line-up and extended squad to take on Gloucester in the second Bank of Ireland pre-season friendly at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU today announced that centre Dave McSharry has been forced to retire from professional rugby due to a concussion injury and following a review with a neurologist last week where he was advised to retire.
Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has revealed his first Munster matchday squad for the province's pre-season clash with Zebre on Friday. Round 1 of the 2016 Kearys Renault Series sees Munster host the Italians at the Waterford RSC (kick-off 7pm).
Connacht were the first of the Irish provinces in pre-season action last night, as the reigning GUINNESS PRO12 champions scored three tries in a 21-19 defeat to Montpellier. Check out our photo gallery from Saint-Affrique.
The Ulster squad has been announced for Saturday's pre-season encounter with Leinster at Navan RFC (kick-off 3pm). New signings Rodney Ah You, Brett Herron and Angus Lloyd are in line to make their first appearances in Ulster colours after being named in the panel.
Connacht head coach Pat Lam has named his first matchday squad since the Guinness PRO12 final three months ago. The league champions will face Montpellier tonight (kick-off 8pm local time) as part of the Challenge Vaquerin tournament in Saint-Affrique, France.