Following the completion of discussions between EPCR, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby, Premiership Rugby and PRO12 Rugby to reschedule the six European club matches which were postponed due to the Paris attacks, it has been agreed by all parties that the games will be played on the weekend of January 8/9/10, 2016 in advance of round 5 of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce the extended contract of Ireland international Kieran Marmion. The 23-year-old, who was first capped for Ireland in the summer of 2014, has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with Connacht Rugby.
Ulster and Leinster were both beaten by English opposition in round 2 of the European Champions Cup, while Connacht kept up their winning form against Brive in the Challenge Cup. Munster's clash with Stade Francais was postponed.
European debutant Josh van der Flier came off the bench to score a levelling try for Leinster, but George Ford's late penalty guided Bath to a hard-earned 19-16 win over Leo Cullen's men at the Recreation Ground.
Ulster's European Champions Cup campaign got off to a disappointing start tonight at Kingspan Stadium as an exhilarating final 20 minutes from English champions Saracens - unbeaten in all competitions this term - saw them fall to a four-try 27-9 defeat.
Ahead of Saturday's European Challenge Cup round 2 match against Brive at the Sportsground (kick-off 5pm), Connacht head coach Pat Lam has made 13 changes to the team that started in Siberia last weekend.
The Leinster team to face Bath in round 2 of the European Champions Cup at the Recreation Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm) has been announced. There are eight personnel changes and two positional switches to the side that lost to Wasps.
Following scans this week, there was mixed news on the injury front for Munster hookers Mike Sherry and Duncan Casey who both sustained knocks during the European Champions Cup round 1 win over Benetton Treviso.
Ulster and Saracens meet for the first time since the English club's 2013 and 2014 European quarter-final wins, as the province look to give new director of rugby Les Kiss a winning start in the Champions Cup.
Ahead of Saturday's European Champions Cup match against Bath at the Recreation Ground, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen confirmed that several injured players could return for the crucial round 2 clash.